No pay rise for council, says Cr Paul Tully
CR PAUL Tully is adamant that Ipswich councillors will not get a 41% pay rise like state MPs.
Cr Tully said it was "not going to happen" because councillors pays were no longer tied to those of MPs.
Queensland parliamentarians will receive a 41% pay rise of $57,000 due to the unlawful freezing of pays by former Premier Anna Bligh in 2009.
"But for four years our salary has not been tied to state members' salaries," Cr Tully said.
"If it was, we all would have got a $40,000 increase overnight. But we are not going to get any increase at all. (Councillors pay) is determined by a percentage of what the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal calls the reference rate.
"We have no prospect of getting what state MPs are getting."
Ipswich councillors received a 2.5% pay rise this year and when the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal makes its next wage decision on December 1 this year, Ipswich councillors are more than likely to receive a modest rise of a similar figure.
Ipswich councillors receive 75% of the current reference rate of $140,758. So each councillor receives $105,434. The mayor has a reference rate of 125% and is on $175,723 while the deputy mayor has an 85% rate and a salary of $119,491.
The only councillors in Queensland to receive a large increase were those from Brisbane City Council who set their own rates and were awarded a $50,000 increase.