Mareeba Shire Council has put a freeze on pay increases for both Councillors and employees amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Angela Toppin, who moved the motion at yesterday’s post-election meeting said during this time of uncertainty Council voted not to take an annual pay increase. “The Councillors and I felt it would be inappropriate to receive a pay increase when so many people have lost their jobs and businesses are struggling,” Cr Toppin said.
“We believe this decision is the most sensible and ethical thing to do at this time.
“Council’s main focus is ensuring the essential services we deliver are not impacted.
“We are in unprecedented times and we need to be mindful of the financial impact the pandemic will have on Council,” Cr Toppin said.
Wage or salary increases for staff that are at the discretion of Council will also be deferred until further notice.
“By deferring staff increases and keeping costs to a minimum, we will be able to protect jobs,” Cr Toppin said.
“We recognise that many members of our community are struggling financially as a result of this pandemic and Council will do whatever it can to minimise the impact within our very limited capacity,” the Mayor concluded.