Submissions sought on local govt remuneration
RATEPAYERS across the state have less than a month to have their say on how much they believe elected local government members are worth.
The Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal are calling for submissions from people wanting to have their say on local government remuneration that will apply from July 1, 2014.
The independent tribunal is responsible for setting the pay packets of mayors, deputy-mayors and councillors across the state.
Public anger reached fever pitch earlier this year after it was revealed local government members were in line for a massive pay day due to an illegal pay freeze by former Premier Anna Bligh four years ago.
Queensland Parliamentary law stipulated state MPs' base salaries must be $500 less than that of their federal counterparts.
While the Federal MPs' salaries had risen since 2009, Queensland MPs saw their pay packets stay the same, due to the pay freeze.
The illegal pay freeze essentially meant State MPs were awarded a 41% base salary increase which, in turn, flowed down to local government representatives, as required by law.
Premier Campbell Newman immediately sought to rectify the issue and quell public backlash by setting up the independent remuneration tribunal.
Submissions to the tribunal close on Thursday, October 31, at 5pm and can be made online at http://www.dlgcrr.qld.gov.au/lgrdt