MONDAY NIGHT CITY OF MANDURAH’S COUNCIL MEETING
On Monday 14th, the City of Mandurah Councillors will be deciding the % rates increase and their own increased remuneration, which will be an overall increase of $270 000 of rate payers’ money. This is a Local Government, across the Board, increase, and whereas nobody would argue about the merits, or importance of attractive our community’s very best to this important role, there is an indication that the Councillors will all vote to receive this lump sum payment, in advance at the recommended mid-level taking current allowance from $7000 to $27000 being a four-fold increase (albeit this amount has not increased for more than 7 years)
It is our intention for the Peel Chamber to present a deputation to suggest that the fee should be paid as instalments across the year, in lieu of costs and as remuneration for actual sitting fees.
If this sum is distributed in quarterly payments, with the first as up front and the remainder in arrears. The payments would distribute, fairly, amounts commensurate with the actual participation in Committees and sitting fees appropriate for attendance, with a flat rate fixed commensurate with additional operational costs attributed to the role, such as photocopying, telephone vehicle expenses. Yes it would/might mean some additional admin, but it supports good governance and accountability to pay someone on an actuals basis and not for an expected outcome. It is an anomaly in the Local Govt Act that even if a Councillor does not attend a meeting or a series of meetings that they can still receive the lump payment and not be required to remit according to performance (though we will not point our such in our deputation, apparently, there is a sitting councillor who has missed several meetings this year and some that repeatedly do not turn up to meetings).
Our deputation will be polite, yet could be controversial, because it will highlight the conflict and unfairness, if future, rogue members nominate to Council, purely to be advantaged by a lump sum payment in advance with any KPI’s or parameters.
ATTACHED IS A SUMMARY OF POINTS
ACTION: Could you possible put out the word that we require lots of people to attend to support us, IN PERSON Monday night at Council Chambers at 5.30pm?