Mayor turns down $20,000 pay rise

Monday 3 July 2017

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller has turned down a $20,000 a year pay rise – and councillors have voted not to take increases of $5000 a year – to ensure their payments remain in line with community expectations.

The unanimous decision will save Liverpool ratepayers $67,500 a year.

“I know there are many members of our community who are doing it tough. Their wages have basically stalled and I strongly believe payments to councillors should rise at the same rate as other public employees,” Mayor Waller said.

“NSW teachers, police and nurses receive a 2.5 per cent increase so our modest increase is in line with those core workers.

“I have been in public life for 22 years. I have never done it for the money. That’s not what gets me out of bed – or keeps me out five or six nights a week. I love the job and I love working to improve outcomes for the Liverpool community.

“If you enter Council for the money, you came for the wrong reason.”

Liverpool was one of six Sydney councils reclassified into the large metropolitan category by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal earlier this year. The maximum fee for the Mayor could have risen to $84,330 and for councillors to $28,950. Instead councillors voted to receive a 2.5 per cent increase based on their previous fees of $23,950 (for Councillors) and $63,640 (for the Mayor).

“It is a very demanding job. We are responsible for one of the fastest-growing LGAs in Sydney, servicing the needs of 210,000 residents and bedding down the new Western Sydney Airport, which is being built in our backyard,” Mayor Waller said.

“We know $13 billion of major infrastructure projects will be built in Liverpool in the next 10 years. There’s no other council in Australia with the same challenges – and opportunities.

“It’s a privilege to play a leadership role at such an exciting time in the life of our city.”