Increase justified, says mayor

Grainne Sutton (Year 8), who is in the Gifted and Talented Program at Duncraig Senior High School, has been recognised for her writing skills. Picture: Emma Reeves d402995
Grainne Sutton (Year 8), who is in the Gifted and Talented Program at Duncraig Senior High School, has been recognised for her writing skills. Picture: Emma Reeves d402995

‘The fact is our councillors work as hard as and have as much responsibility as a State Government backbencher,’ Mr Boothman said.

The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal last week released its review of council and mayor allowances, increasing annual mayor payments from $60,000 to $85,000, with the Perth 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 changes take effect on July 1.

WA Local Government Association President Troy Pickard said the increases reflected the work done by councils and mayors and particularly highlighted the Lord Mayor’s significance. ‘Not only do Lord Mayors advocate for the City of Perth, but they champion the city nationally and our State internationally,’ he said.

‘It is appropriate that they are acknowledged for that extra role.’

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’