28 October 2012
Elected Member Allowances
You may have read the article on this in the Eastern Courier last week. The link to the allowances for the last financial year is;
http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Members%20Allowance%20%20Benefits%20Register1Jan-31Mar12.pdf . Scroll to page 2 and you will get the yearly results. Councillors remuneration is set by the Sate government, this is the amount in the first column. Councillors are paid an additional sum for being on the Development Assessment panel or Chairing the City Strategy meeting. If we had a Dept Mayor they would also be paid more. Councillors are also allowed to attend conferences, claim child care fees and are supplied with a computer, fax and ipad with internet access and a paid phone line if they choose. This does not show the sitting fees paid to the Councillors on the Centennial Park Board. The other column is mostly meals served before meetings and a glass of red after a meeting, so the $1450.39 paid for about 100 meals and the same number of reds. My communication bill (and Cr Salaman's as well) is much lower as I do not believe that I need a separate line as the internet is now wireless and so Council does not pay for my phone calls; I could claim the cost if I wished but would rather have it as a tax deduction. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.