Gympie’s councillors are being asked to refuse a 2 per cent pay rise this year. Picture: iStock
Gympie’s councillors are being asked to refuse a 2 per cent pay rise this year. Picture: iStock

Gympie councillors to vote on $1400 pay rise

GYMPIE’S councillors are being asked to refuse a pay increase as the organisation grapples with what is being called a “tight” budget.

Councillor Dan Stewart will call for councillors to turn down the automatic pay rise, set by the State’s Local Government Remuneration Commission, at this week’s meeting.

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The LGRC last year proposed a 2 per cent pay rise for all councillors.

Councillor Dan Stewart wans the council to turn down the pay rise. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times
Councillor Dan Stewart wans the council to turn down the pay rise. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times

Under this rise Mayor Glen Hartwig’s income would increase from $130,584 to $133,196.

Deputy Mayor Hilary Smerdon would be given a pay rise of more than $1500, increasing his annual salary from $81,615 to $83,247.

The other councillors’ pay packets would rise from $69,372 to $70,759.

Mr Stewart wants councillors to keep their pay packets at the same level they were last year.

Mayor Glen Hartwig’s salary would rise almost $3000 under the increase proposed.
Mayor Glen Hartwig’s salary would rise almost $3000 under the increase proposed.

“Council is currently in a very tight budgetary position,” Mr Stewart said.

“Staff are expected to find significant savings.

“It is likely a number of vacancies will not be filled.

“Councillors need to lead by example.”

He wants this freeze to last 12 months.