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.
The Sunday Times reports today that the Fremantle Fly by Night Club might be leaving Freo after being forced out of the Artillery Drill Hall by the National Trust.
The newspapers quotes the Fly president that they are talking to the City of Swan, but are also considering the option of the Old Swan Barracks in Francis Street, Perth.
The ‘City of Arts’ really cannot afford to lose another entertainment operator after the loss of Deckchair Theatre, Kulcha and Harbour Theatre. Fremantle should also be careful to not put all its eggs in one basket and hand over the City to Sunset Events for live music events.