Wellington Shire Council seeks feedback on mayoral and councillor pay

Wellington Shire Council offices.

David Braithwaite

WELLINGTON Shire Council is seeking community feedback for the allowances it provides the mayor and councillors.
Under state government guidelines, Wellington Shire Council, as a category two council, can pay the mayor $81,204 annually and councillors $26,245.
Both allowances have additional superannuation contributions.
The new allowances will be in effect until the new Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal makes its first determination on councillor allowances.
The Local Government Act 2020 saw the responsibility for determining councillor allowances move from councils to the new tribunal.
Until the tribunal makes a determination, the allowance framework set out in the 1989 act apply.
Public submissions into the review will be accepted until June 29, with allowances to be adopted during council’s July 20 meeting.
A latest state-wide lockdown meant councillors joined Tuesday’s council meeting remotely via Skype.
Members of the public were able to submit questions and comments via email and council’s online feedback form.
Cr Carmel Ripper acknowledged shop-owners who are allowed to open under lockdown restrictions.
“I want to encourage local people to shop local … whatever town you live there are stores — hardware store, coffee shop — please shop local and support them.
“By shopping local, we are making sure that those shops will continue to be open.
“When you go to the shop, your smile, their smile back at you, saying ‘g’day’, psychologically gives so much to each person.”