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. 

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