Pay rise for councillors whether they like it or not

FRASER Coast Regional Councillors will receive a 4.5% pay increase, up to $9000 annually, whether they like it or not.

It won't be as big as the pay increase to state members of parliament, but local councillors will receive more money from July 1.

The Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal determined that maximum levels payable to councillors be increased by 3% on an annualised basis.

Previous regulations mandated an automatic flow-on of state MP remuneration increases to local councils.

Last year the State Government decided to award a 41.9% increase to state politicians.

In July, along with many other local government areas, Fraser Coast Regional Councillors went public with their disapproval of the mammoth pay increases for state members of parliament.

But this year councillors will receive an increase in 4.5% effective from July 1.

Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell's salary will rise from $131,783 to $139,559.

Local government areas are now categorised on size and along with Bundaberg, the Fraser Coast is rated category five. Cr O'Connell said he respected the tribunal's determination.

"I don't know any councillor in this council, or anywhere for that matter, who does this job for the pay," he said.

"I do believe in doing the job.

"People who get elected deserve a reasonable rate of pay."

Cr O'Connell was glad the pay increases to state politicians weren't passed on to councillors.