Mayor's pay on hold

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker has taken leave without pay from his duties as Mayor while he is absent from his duties campaigning to be elected as the Labor Member for Dawson.

However, there is some dispute about whether or not he can legally have his pay suspended.

Liberal National Party candidate for Dawson and Mackay Regional Councillor George Christensen says he has legal advice that councils do not have the ability to alter an individual councillor's remuneration.

“Mr Brunker has been caught out telling bunkum on giving up his mayoral pay packet,” Cr Christensen said.

“Political candidates need to show integrity, so Mr Brunker needs to explain why he has misled the people on Dawson on this issue and what he really intends to do with his pay.”

However, Whitsunday Regional Council's CEO, John Finlay, said this week that Council had sought advice from the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) regarding the Mayor's pay during his leave of absence.

“The LGAQ have advised Whitsunday Regional Council that Mayor Brunker is able to take a leave of absence from his duties without pay,” Mr Finlay said.

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