Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart, pictured here with Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, says “we are here to serve the community so it’s important we provide the mechanism for residents to monitor our decisions.”
Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart, pictured here with Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, says “we are here to serve the community so it’s important we provide the mechanism for residents to monitor our decisions.”

New website reveals councillor’s salaries, expenses

Noosa Council has launched a new page on their website designed to enhance transparency and accountability.

The Open Council web page includes councillor’s salaries and expenses, detailed financial records from the council, purchasing data, current tenders, capital program delivery schedules and information about allocation of grants.

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Mayor Clare Stewart said the page provided residents with easier access to a raft of information.

“This council remains committed to being as open and transparent as possible,” she said.

“Much of the information has always been available on council’s website, but staff have now collated it and placed all relevant links and information in one section so the community has easier access and can better scrutinise how council spends ratepayers’ money.”

Noosa Council councillors' salary from March 28, 2020 to June 30, 2020.
Noosa Council councillors' salary from March 28, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

Noosa Council councillors' expenses from March 28, 2020 to June 30, 2020.
Noosa Council councillors' expenses from March 28, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

Cr Stewart said transparency, accountability and trust were at the heart of good governance.

“We are here to serve the community so it’s important we provide the mechanism for residents to monitor our decisions,” she said.

“The Open Council Hub has the full support of all councillors and demonstrates responsible and transparent decision-making.”

“I encourage residents to make use of the site to better understand how council operates and to stay well informed on a range of council’s financial decisions,” she said.