Tamworth Regional Councillors in line for pay-rise

GOING UP: Councillors will vote on increasing their pay-packets at tonight's meeting.
GOING UP: Councillors will vote on increasing their pay-packets at tonight's meeting.

TAMWORTH’S councillors will vote on giving themselves a 2.5 per cent pay rise at tonight’s meeting.

It comes following the annual review of NSW councillor fees and wages.

If endorsed, Tamworth Regional Councillors will pocket and extra $480 for the 2018/19 financial year, while the mayor will get an additional $1050 for the top job.

The councillors will be paid $19,790 for their representative role, while the mayor gets $43,170 on top of that wage.

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The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal also recommended a 2.5 per cent wage rise for the 2017/18 pay cycle.

It has been council’s policy to fix and determine the maximum annual fee payable to a councillor and the mayor since formation of Tamworth Regional Council at the maximum amounts determined by the tribunal.

The mayor of a large metropolitan council, such as Penrith or Blacktown, will take home almost double the amount of Tamworth’s mayor with a pay-packet of $116,110 for the year.

In 2017, the Fair Work Ombudsman said the minimum wage in Australia was $694.90 for a 38-hour working week, before tax.

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