Pay rise for Moyne councillors

MOYNE Shire councillors have voted to give themselves a financial pat on the back, approving a modest pay rise for the next four years. 

The motion for a 2.5 per cent pay rise was carried unanimously at council’s first meeting in Mortlake since the local government elections. 

Councillors’ allowances of $21,859 will go up by $546, while the present $67,635 allowance of mayor Jim Doukas will increase by $1691. 

Moyne is classed as category 2 council under the Local Government Act and has adopted the maximum pay limits since March 2005. 

In addition to the pay rise, the mayor is also provided with a car. 

Speaking in favour of the motion, Cr Mick Wolfe said councillors needed to be reimbursed for their efforts.

“It’s an allowance for what we do and I believe people get a pretty good service and this is a reimbursement of that,” Cr Wolfe said. 

Members of the public  have until January 22 to lodge submissions or objections. 

Moyne Shire councillors have voted to increase their pay by 2.5 per cent.

Moyne Shire councillors have voted to increase their pay by 2.5 per cent.