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April 18, 2021

Ballina shire GM’s ‘huge’ pay rise questioned

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We the ‘Engaged Neighbours’, on behalf of the Suffolk Park pump track’s affected neighbours and 300–400 petitioners and letter writers, request Council NOT to continue to bulldoze the large fenced in section of Linda Vidler Parkland adjacent to Baz and Shaz’s shop, close to the houses on three sides.
How could this be? On 12th April 2007, the Ballina Shire Council held an extraordinary meeting and a resolution moved by Cr David Wright/Cr John Felsch that Council makes an offer of employment to (current general manager) Paul Hickey, with a contract of five years and a total remuneration package of $170,000 per year based on the standard Department of Local Government contract format.

Just recently Cr David Wright and Cr Robyn Hordern moved another motion that the general manager’s salary be increased to $300,000 per year.

But what about the standard Department of Local Government contract? Doesn’t it link pay increases to CPI? Has CPI risen at the same meteoric rate as Paul Hickey’s salary? I think not!

If the Council wanted to step outside CPI and the standard LGA contract, surely the job should be re-advertised?

How many of our ratepayers get such enormous salary increases? More importantly, how many times in the past seven years have we been asked to pay rate increases?

It is about time we ratepayers stood up to bureaucracy and asked a few simple questions. Question No. 1: where does our rate money really go?

I can’t afford another five per cent increase to pay for swimming pool upgrades, how about you? Mr Hickey is the man with the money, so let him pay for the pool upgrades.

Margaret Howes, Empire Vale 

 


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