Pay rise on cards for GM
New contract could land O'Sullivan $200,000 a year LISMORE City Council's general manager Paul O'Sullivan is negotiating a new five-year contract which could see his remuneration package increased up to $200,000, council sources have revealed.
Mr O'Sullivan, who is three years into his current contract, has requested a pay rise. A mayoral minute covering his contract was considered by councillors at last Tuesday's meeting.
Members of the public and the media were excluded while councillors considered the item 'in committee'.
However, sources told The Northern Star councillors voted to give the general manager an immediate 4 per cent pay rise, taking his remunera- tion package to $182,000, and to authorise the mayor to negotiate a new five-year contract by June 2006 with a remuneration of up to $200,000.
Mayor Merv King said the matter was personal and that should be respected.
Other Northern Rivers councils have made public their general manager's remuneration package. The Department of Local Government requires councils to list salaries of senior staff as a total in annual reports but there is no requirement to make individual salaries public, a spokeswoman said.
Cr John Chant said the fact the GM's performance review and contract were discussed as one issue meant overall it deserved to remain private. Cr Graham Meineke said it was a private matter between council and the GM.
Cr Ros Irwin said ratepayers had a right to know how their money was spent.
She also said the quantity was inappropriate 'at a time when industrial relations legislation is going down which is likely to see most wages reduced and when staff under the Local Government Award have received only a 3.5 per cent increase'.
Cr Vanessa Ekins said: "Ratepayers are entitled to this information, particularly when such a large sum is being talked about."
Mr O'Sullivan was yesterday unavailable for comment.