REVEALED: How much Mayor and senior staff get paid

Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker and Mayor Mark Jamieson.
Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker and Mayor Mark Jamieson. Che Chapman

SUNSHINE Coast Council's financial position and the salaries of Mayor Mark Jamieson, councillors and senior management have been revealed in its 2016-2017 Annual Report.

Cr Jamieson's salary over the past financial year was $214,458, while Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer's was $148,588.

The remaining councillor were on an annual salary of $130,207.

Six senior executives, according to the annual report, received salaries of between $200,000 - $300,00, one received $100,000-$200,000 and another $400,000-$500,000.

The region's most expensive councillor was Cr Rick Baberowski who claimed $8669 in expenses, followed by Cr Jenny McKay ($5496) and Cr John Connolly ($5351).

Cr Jamieson only claimed $1320 in expenses, Cr Christian Dickson $1169 and Steven Robinson $751.

The annual report explained that those expenses were needed in the day-to-day "undertaking of council business".

Each councillor also received a work car, phone, office, business and communication tools and their own administrative officer.

The annual financial statements revealed that the Sunshine Coast Council spent $6.951m on consultants in 2017, up from $5.031m in 2016.

The biggest expense was contract services with parks and gardens costing $14.154m ($12.723m in 2016), waste collection $27.545m ($27.581 in 2016), $9.06m for environment operations ($8.625m in 2016), $6.494m for property management ($10.014m in 2016) and $36.648m for other contract services ($23.944m in 2016).

Council made $4.595m from rates and utility charges, down $50,000 on the previous.

Its largest revenue stream in 2017 was holiday parks, with $15.951m generated from these facilities.

That is followed by development services ($10.4m) and airline service charges ($9.779m).

One of the largest increases in revenue came from fines and penalties, with $3.461m generated in 2017 compared with $2.466m in 2016.

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