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Statement from LGAQ President Mark Jamieson on Ipswich City Council

News Release

Monday, 9 July 2018

The Local Government’s Minister’s decision to proceed with the dismissal of Ipswich City Council is profoundly regrettable if understandable.

It is regrettable because the Minister has seen fit to decide the fate of the council when no one who is the subject of charges has had the benefit of their day in court to deal with the claims against them.

His decision comes at a time when no court hearing has been completed.

It is also only the third time a Queensland council has been sacked in 40 years.

However, I understand that the circumstances at Ipswich are unique. I also note the Minister will confine this action to deal with the Ipswich City Council matter only.

I also extend by sympathies to those democratically elected councillors who will lose their jobs despite having no claims of wrongdoing levelled against them.

The LGAQ will ensure it works closely with the appointed administrators at Ipswich to ensure the community’s interests continue to be represented. 

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


 

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