Mayors support big pay increases

The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal last week released its review of council and mayor allowances, increasing the maximum annual mayor payments from $60,000 to $85,000, with the Lord Mayor’s allowance going up to $130,000.

The maximum council and committee meeting fees went from $14,000 to $45,000 for mayors and from $7000 to $30,000 for councillors, resulting in the Lord Mayor’s allowance going up to $175,000.

The review also places each council into four bands, which determine the maximum payments allowable.

The changes take effect on July 1.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and City of Vincent Mayor Alannah MacTiernan, who both work full-time in their roles, said the increases could open up council positions for more people.

‘A Lord Mayor who is fully undertaking the role’