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Mark Sullivan worth half a mil per year?

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 .

dungfungus 6:52 pm 14 Jan 12

Deref said :

Hank said :

I personally don’t think its anyone’s business what a CEO is paid. I would of tried to negotiate more.

When ACT ratepayers are paying it is their business.

dungfungus 6:44 pm 14 Jan 12

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.

Deref 5:24 pm 14 Jan 12

Hank said :

I personally don’t think its anyone’s business what a CEO is paid. I would of tried to negotiate more.

If a knowledge of primary school grammar was a qualification, you would have been stuffed.

matt31221 2:43 pm 14 Jan 12

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.

welkin31 9:21 am 14 Jan 12

I have noticed three “not good news” items relating to ACTEW over the holiday slow news season.
ACT’s $1b blowout
BY NOEL TOWELL, CHIEF ASSEMBLY REPORTER
22 Dec, 2011 04:00 AM
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/politics/acts-1b-blowout/2401149.aspx
then;
Thieves threaten our water supplies
BY NOEL TOWELL, CHIEF ASSEMBLY REPORTER
30 Dec, 2011 01:00 AM
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/thieves-threaten-our-water-supplies/2406434.aspx?storypage=1
and this year;
ACT to fight for lost $80m
BY NOEL TOWELL, CHIEF ASSEMBLY REPORTER
09 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/act-to-fight-for-lost-80m/2413262.aspx?storypage=1
Events seem to be coming apart for Mr Sullivan and ACTEW and our collective hip pockets.

themole 9:32 pm 12 Oct 10

According to today’s Australian the cost of desal to the Queensland government is $731.00 per megalitre, and this is described as the “most expensive water you can produce”. Yet if I use ACTEW’s own figures the cost to the Canberra consumer is between $3500.00-$4000.00 per megalitre! Yet the ACTEW CEO has the gall to tell us that the so-called independent ICRC has determined that this is a fair and equitable price to levy on consumers. Has the so-called independent ICRC taken into account the generous salary paid to the CEO and other ACTEW execs when determining what is a fair price? We are being screwed and the beneficiaries are the ACT Treasury and the ACT government and those on large remuneration packages.

Hells_Bells74 8:36 pm 12 Oct 10

I just read #13 and that explains it further. My ex does indeed work in Water/Sewerage. Thanks jimbocool.

Hells_Bells74 8:22 pm 12 Oct 10

As surprised as I was last time I found out in here that ACTEW only employed 35 staff, being an ex-wife of an ACTEW man. I asked him about this and he said, “remember when I signed that agreement that kept me with the government side as opposed to ACTEW/AGL the commercial setup when they merged?” I remembered then.

Just hard to believe so few did (as my ex thought too), although I recall a fair few at the time took small redundancies too.

justin heywood 8:20 pm 12 Oct 10

Clown Killer said :

This seems about right to me…

Yeah right.

Sydney Water (Kerry Schott) Total renumeration package (2009) – $476,280

S.A. Water – 1373 staff, revenue of $900,000,000. CEO salary (2009) – $409,000

Clown Killer 7:32 pm 12 Oct 10

This seems about right to me. A CEO of a moderately successful company with around 20 full time staff should be able to take home around $500k without anything weighing on their conscience. I’d say that ACTEW are doing a bit better than moderately successful so the $600k figure seems reasonable.

tamd 6:54 pm 12 Oct 10

It seems that Mr Sullivan is happy with a situation where we are paying for a new dam to store water we will not be able to much use thanks to new water cuts in the Basin and increased required e-flows (new Cotter emptying flows of 12 Gigs on a 75 Gig storage – meaning it’s not much good for a long drought even after we’ve paid over $350 million and more for it). If he were working for the people of the ACT he would be asking why is Melbourne (not even in the Basin) being allowed to pull 90 Gigs out(more than twice all of Canberra’s usage). As for Adelaide, well if they care so much about the Murray mouth maybe they should leave the river alone and get their water from dams or desal.

If Mark S wants people to think he’s worth paying anything for, perhaps he ought to be more diligent in defending our interests.

welkin31 9:46 am 12 Oct 10

I too am stunned Mr Sullivan commands such a stratospheric salary scale for running a middling city utility dept – where basically you have to pipe water to people from dams and maintain power lines. But I am more concerned that he can get basic rainfall facts wrong by saying on “Agreed droughts happen and this is the worst in recorded history..”. Queanbeyan rain data from 1871 shows with crystal clarity that the last decade was no dryer than periods in the first half of the 20C and late 19C. There are no long term inflow data – lets not kid ourselves there and ACTEW should not try to hide that their long term inflow numbers are modeled. Also, there are no long term rain series from our ACT mountain catchments.

Mr Sullivan believes what the doomster greenhouse modeling is saying. That will cost us vastly more than his salary and will prolong these “hair shirt” water restrictions, that will help nobody or the environment and simply cost ACT consumers vastly more than their water should be costing. As weather and climate events unfold, basic facts must be examined carefully to understand how the “expensive water lobby” maneuvers to maintain their anti-water-consumer policies. Right now we have a classic case of the “water buy back” scheme being foisted on rural people – at a time the MDB is running from top to bottom – running to the sea – swamps flooded with “environmental flows”. A visitor from space might marvel at how we tolerate our tiny human water use being attacked by the Green and usually left wing “expensive water lobby”.

tamd 8:36 am 11 Oct 10

Time we stopped paying these clowns. A friend showed me a notice from ACTEW she received in 1993 saying that ACTEW was planning a comprehensive water strategy to ensure water for the ACT.

What a sick joke! here we are in 2010, 17 years later, hundreds of millions wasted, interest bills being racked up forever, petty water restrictions forever when ACTEW’s own Future Water Options paper said we could have had the Tennent Dam with 150 gigs (twice the size of the new Cotter), enough water for 50 years and at an average increase in annual water bills of $150 per year.

It takes real genius to stuff up a water supply in a territory with clean alpine streams and an annual average rainfall of 494 Gigs per year for a population which uses at most a net 25 or 30 Gigs.

housebound 9:05 pm 10 Oct 10

Does he really thing that the people of Canberra are that dumb?
Yep. And we are. We keep paying up.

themole 2:29 pm 10 Oct 10

If Mr Sullivan knows so little that he does not know that we already have a scarcity price for water called the water abstraction charge (way higher than what farmers pay – so it’s rigged anyway) then he should be getting a FAIL, not a gold-bar worth 600,000 bucks. Does he really thing that the people of Canberra are that dumb?

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