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WHAT IS FAIR PAYMENT FOR MAYORS?

Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, western australia by freoview on March 19, 2017

The Sunday Times reports today that seven out of the twenty-eight metropolitan mayors are ‘moonlighting’ and have other jobs.

Local government is not intended to be a full-time job for Mayors and Councillors but the workload is significant as I know from observing the huge number of hours Mayor Brad Pettitt and most Councillors spend on looking after Fremantle.

For the Freo Mayor it is a full-time job with additional local government work at the Heritage Council for which he annually receives $ 9,000 in addition to the Mayor’s payment of around $ 140,000. Correct me if I am wrong as I can’t find the exact amount.

But the City of Swan Mayor does only two days full time at council there and received nearly $ 140,000 per year, while Jim O’Neill, the Mayor of East Fremantle gets $ 43,000 for 25 hours a week and works another 45 hours per week as deputy-principal of the Willeton Senior High School.

I believe elected members should get properly paid as many of them spend the equivalent of full-time job hours on serving the community.

Roel Lopers

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  1. freoview said, on March 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I agree with you Clayton that Councillors should get more than just $ 28,000 a year. The pay for CEOs in Australia is ridiculous and also at Local Government level where a CEO of a small council can earns some $ 350,000, which is close to what the Premier of WA gets. That is out of proportion and balance, and some directors earning over $ 200,000 a year.

    Top that off that there are far too many public servants and we all know there is a lot of room for improvement the new state government can work on.

    Roel

  2. Clayton Gunning said, on March 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Roel, it’s a good topic discussion. The first thing that has to be banned from the discussion is what a person holding the Office was paid in their previous career. It’s bullshit when Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi goes on about how much she gave up to take the position.

    I would think Brad, like him or not is one of the more committed Mayors I’ve seen; is the Mayors salary going to be judged on the hours he puts into the job because the next Mayor may be more policy driven and not as hands on. The next Mayor may find he wants to combine the roll his/her full time occupation.

    The Mayors salary is a good wage, but the Councillors would have to be increased to above $80K for it to be considered a full time position.

    I’d be happy for all our elected Officials to have their salary/meeting fees increased significantly but the CEO and department heads would have to take a huge cut as the elected officials would have to be more involved of the day to day running of the City.


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