Gifts on the money
Wednesday, 7th August, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
Mayor Wincen Cuy showed his softer side yesterday when he met the cuddly animals his pay rise-turned donation will help look after.
Clr Cuy moved to ease some public anger over a 2.5 per cent councillor and mayoral wage rise last week by telling ABC Radio he’d donate his extra money to a charity of popular choice.
Autism support group RRAN (Rural and Remote Autism Network) and RRANA (the Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals) will now share the $1300 pay boost.
“These two organisations had a well-run plan to put in as many calls as possible and I admire that,” Clr Cuy said.
“Those people are quite obviously passionate about these charities.”
Councillors got an extra $387.60 per year on top of their $15,504 salaries after a motion was successful moved by Clr Peter Black at last month’s City Council meeting.
Clr Cuy got that pay increase plus an increase on his $38,000 mayoral income which he said he didn’t need.
Stacey Evers sits on the board of RRAN as the mother of nine-year-old Dylan who has autism.
She said the money would stay in Broken Hill to raise awareness of the complex neurobiological disorder and support people affected by it.
“There are many different things it could be used for,” Ms Evers said.
RRANA spokesman Wayne Singleton said the money would help cover the cost of veterinarian bills, travel expenses and food for the animals.
“Some of the volunteers need to drive 200 kilometres out of town to collect an injured animal so we try and give them something for fuel,” he said.