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Mark Sullivan worth half a mil per year?

By johnboy 8 October 2010 67

The Canberra Times reports that ACTEW has been dragged kicking and screaming happily complied with new legislation to divulge the pay of ACTEW CEO Mark Sullivan (also star of twitter and occasional RiotACT commenter.)

Mr Sullivan receives a package worth $637,970 a year, which includes a salary of $553,907 plus superannuation of $85,063.

By comparison, the heads of the Prime Minister’s Department, Treasury and Defence Terry Moran, Ken Henry and Ian Watt respectively were each paid about $503,000 last year, including super.

But Mr Sullivan’s salary falls short of the Defence Materiel Organisation’s chief Stephen Gumley, whose remuneration package last year was between $700,000 and $715,000.

Actew, an ACT Government-owned company, directly employs about 35 staff and supplies water to about 145,000 customers.

(While they might have 145,000 customers I’m pretty sure they supply water to everyone in the ACT)

It’s particularly nice that the amount is justified by the board’s unanimous approval.

ACTEW CEO Mark Sullivan earning $553,907pa

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matt31221 1:17 pm 15 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

matt31221 said :

dungfungus said :

matt31221 said :

Mark Sullivan is a really nice bloke that will give the time of day to a worker if you try to contact him.

Some people in high positions like him are usually viscous snakes, who if you look at them the wrong way that is the end of your career, like one bloke who left that did everything he could to screw a loyal hard worker (now retired) who worked for the utility for more than 40 years out of his entitled super. But Mr Sullivan is a top bloke, and is worth the money.

Michael Costello is a nice bloke as well. Also giving time of day to any worker who needs a hand. Don’t know what he makes but I’d say he’s worth it.

Yes, they are both “nice blokes”, happily giving away millions of dollars of ratepayers money to professional sporting teams and the “community” in general. This has nothing to do with providing an efficient water, gas and electricity service incidentally. If the Actew/ActewAGL monopoly was sold to a serious service provider and had real competition the “nice blokes” would be the first to go.

Giving money back to the community? What is wrong with that?

And may I ask you, what is wrong with the electricity, water and gas supply? Nothing. The tap water is the freshest most refreshing tap water in Australia probably the world, that I have NEVER had a problem not once. The electricity supply is strong and consistent, I cannot even remember the last blackout that I experienced personally. I do know how hard the blokes work when there is a problem to get it fixed ASAP, that I can speak from experience. Seems like Mr Sullivan and Mr Costello are doing a great job to me.

I didn’t say I found fault with the services that ACTEW deliver and I also agree with you that their water (our water) is the best in the world. ACTEW have virtually no competition so why is it necessary for them to constantly advertise on TV and just about every other forum that they are the best. This is simply embellishing the egos of a few people. Also, the massive support of sporting teams with our money gives certain benefits (corporate boxes at Canberra Stadium for example) that are for the enjoyment of a select few. When was the last time you were included as a “guest”?
BimboGeek has covered very well my other thoughts on this matter.

Okay I know what you are saying now but who are we to judge. They manage the company and we don’t. And as for the corporate boxes – never been asked as a guest. That is because if they invited every actual worker from Greenway as a VIP to a sporting event, the whole stadium would be full and they would go broke (well you know, almost!). There are hundreds of blokes (and now chicks too) in the Greenway depot- lineys, electricians like me, apprentices, trades assistants, various specialists. Every morning when I walk in I always see someone new and meet them! It is like a small city. But let me tell you they run BBQ’s and egg&bacon sanga cookups on occasion in the morning not to mention frequent social events put on after work. They look after their own most of the time pretty well – that is why there are lots of blokes that have worked there for 40 years and never had another job.

dungfungus 10:04 am 15 Jan 12

matt31221 said :

dungfungus said :

matt31221 said :

Mark Sullivan is a really nice bloke that will give the time of day to a worker if you try to contact him.

Some people in high positions like him are usually viscous snakes, who if you look at them the wrong way that is the end of your career, like one bloke who left that did everything he could to screw a loyal hard worker (now retired) who worked for the utility for more than 40 years out of his entitled super. But Mr Sullivan is a top bloke, and is worth the money.

Michael Costello is a nice bloke as well. Also giving time of day to any worker who needs a hand. Don’t know what he makes but I’d say he’s worth it.

Yes, they are both “nice blokes”, happily giving away millions of dollars of ratepayers money to professional sporting teams and the “community” in general. This has nothing to do with providing an efficient water, gas and electricity service incidentally. If the Actew/ActewAGL monopoly was sold to a serious service provider and had real competition the “nice blokes” would be the first to go.

Giving money back to the community? What is wrong with that?

And may I ask you, what is wrong with the electricity, water and gas supply? Nothing. The tap water is the freshest most refreshing tap water in Australia probably the world, that I have NEVER had a problem not once. The electricity supply is strong and consistent, I cannot even remember the last blackout that I experienced personally. I do know how hard the blokes work when there is a problem to get it fixed ASAP, that I can speak from experience. Seems like Mr Sullivan and Mr Costello are doing a great job to me.

I didn’t say I found fault with the services that ACTEW deliver and I also agree with you that their water (our water) is the best in the world. ACTEW have virtually no competition so why is it necessary for them to constantly advertise on TV and just about every other forum that they are the best. This is simply embellishing the egos of a few people. Also, the massive support of sporting teams with our money gives certain benefits (corporate boxes at Canberra Stadium for example) that are for the enjoyment of a select few. When was the last time you were included as a “guest”?
BimboGeek has covered very well my other thoughts on this matter.

BimboGeek 8:20 am 15 Jan 12

I manage about 25 people. Reminds me to ask my boss for $450,000 and a secretary.

Giving private money to the community is fine, but taking too much money from the community because you run a utility then giving it back to advertisers, athletes and crap that a completely different part of government should be deciding to subsidise is overstepping his authority and wasting other people’s money.

matt31221 9:46 pm 14 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

matt31221 said :

Mark Sullivan is a really nice bloke that will give the time of day to a worker if you try to contact him.

Some people in high positions like him are usually viscous snakes, who if you look at them the wrong way that is the end of your career, like one bloke who left that did everything he could to screw a loyal hard worker (now retired) who worked for the utility for more than 40 years out of his entitled super. But Mr Sullivan is a top bloke, and is worth the money.

Michael Costello is a nice bloke as well. Also giving time of day to any worker who needs a hand. Don’t know what he makes but I’d say he’s worth it.

Yes, they are both “nice blokes”, happily giving away millions of dollars of ratepayers money to professional sporting teams and the “community” in general. This has nothing to do with providing an efficient water, gas and electricity service incidentally. If the Actew/ActewAGL monopoly was sold to a serious service provider and had real competition the “nice blokes” would be the first to go.

Giving money back to the community? What is wrong with that?

And may I ask you, what is wrong with the electricity, water and gas supply? Nothing. The tap water is the freshest most refreshing tap water in Australia probably the world, that I have NEVER had a problem not once. The electricity supply is strong and consistent, I cannot even remember the last blackout that I experienced personally. I do know how hard the blokes work when there is a problem to get it fixed ASAP, that I can speak from experience. Seems like Mr Sullivan and Mr Costello are doing a great job to me.

Mumbucks 7:44 pm 14 Jan 12

PM said :

If he’s that good a negotiator, send him to the Middle East!

While your at it see if he is any good with figures. Maybe he can put his hand up to sort out Greece .

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