Rates and a pay rise on council’s agenda ( admin posted on August 21st, 2019 )

ROADS, ramps, rodeos, remuneration, rates schedules and fortnightly general council meetings are expected to be on the agenda at Redland City Council’s final meeting for 2012.

The council is expected to adopt the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal pay schedule’s 2.5 per cent pay rise for the mayor, deputy mayor and councillors.

Under the schedule, Redland City Council will remain a category six council next year.

Mayor Karen Williams’s pay will go from $150,864 to $154,636, and is calculated at 110 per cent of $140,578, the base salary of a state Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Deputy mayor Alan Beard’s pay will rise from $102,862 to $105,434, which is 75 per cent of the base salary of an MLA and the nine councillors’ pay packets will go from $89,147 to $91,376.

All will get a 12 per cent employer superannuation contribution.

The council will vote on overhauling its committee structure, introducing fortnightly general meetings and appointing five councillors to a Cleveland CBD Revitalisation Special Committee, starting on February 1.

It is also expected to adopt its rates notice schedule with the first round of quarterly rates bills to be issued on July 2, 2013 and due on August 13.

The council is also expected to introduce a direct debit payment option for rates, which is set to start on January 1.

Councillor Mark Edwards (Div 5) will ask the council to consider setting up a camp site at Sandy Beach, Russell Island and councillor Lance Hewlett (Div 4) will ask the council to negotiate control of Colburn Avenue from the state government.

It will also vote on proposals for a footpath and cycleway on Point O’Halloran Road, Victoria Point, along with plans to cancel steps on the foreshore outside 38 Orana Esplanade, Victoria Point, while keeping steps at 24 Orana Esplanade.

The council is also expected to ratify its Open Space strategy, a 500-page document outlining a 14-year plan for the city’s parks.

If adopted, officers claim the strategy will save ratepayers having to buy $97million of land for new parks.

A raft of amendments to the Redlands Planning Scheme are also expected to be adopted.

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