Orange City councillors have voted to accept the maximum allowable pay rise costing a total of $64,000 a year.
After extensive debate councillors voted by 8-3 to accept the rises set out by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.
The mayor will receive a $15,830 increase while councillors will receive a $4040 increase in their allowance.
The mayor, Cr Reg Kidd, excused himself from the debate after declaring a significant pecuniary interest.
Cr Stephen Nugent sought to have the matter deferred for six months but his motion was defeated by 8-3.
Meanwhile council has also voted to approve a development application for a Taco Bell fast food restaurant on Bathurst Road.
It also voted to oppose a development application by a state government body seeking to demolish the circa-1937 former nurses' home in Sale Street, known as Caldwell House.
Council also approved spending $27,000 on lighting on the spire of the Orange Uniting Church.
And it has backed a heritage conservation plan for the commemoration of The Springs area south of Orange which has significant Indigenous heritage.
It will also seek consultation and investigation to develop the history of the nearby rifle range and tip area, which may form a heritage study/conservation management plan.
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