City wants its band on the one

The City passed a motion at its council meeting earlier this month, requesting the Tribunal shift the City from Band Two to Band One.

Band Two local governments include smaller metropolitan councils like Subiaco, Victoria Park, Nedlands and South Perth.

The neighbouring City of Rockingham is a Band One local government with more than 110,000 residents.

The Tribunal is accepting submissions on its inquiry into remuneration of all West Australian local government councillors. From June last year, the Tribunal changed meeting fees and allowances for councillors and mayors.

Band One councillors can receive a maximum of $750 per meeting compared to $550 received by Band Two councillors.

A Band One mayor can earn $1125 per meeting while a Band Two mayor can earn a maximum of $738.

The annual meeting fees for a councillor could increase from a maximum of $22,000 under Band Two to a maximum $30,000 under Band One while mayoral meeting fees could increase from $29,500 to $45,000.

In a letter to the Tribunal, Mayor Carol Adams said the City was ‘encountering very high levels of sustained growth’.

‘What makes Kwinana unique is that coupled with very high growth levels, Kwinana also has the lowest socio-economic profile of the metropolitan area and is home to the largest industrial centre in the state,’ she said.

Ms Adams said the variety in Kwinana was rarely seen in other local governments, citing the expected doubling of population that will match the expansion of the industrial area and local jobs.

‘The City does not consider itself to just a regulatory authority,’ she said. ‘Rather, it is an active partner with the private sector and the State Government in addressing the many challenges that our community face, that the industrial sector requires resolution of, and that growth has and will continue to provide.’