“Mayors and councillors, like their State and Federal counterparts, are elected by the community to serve the community. It should therefore be for the community to decide whether or not they should remain when casting their vote at the next election,” Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Alison Smith said.
“Ministerial powers to remove an elected mayor or councillor from office should only be used in the most serious of circumstances, involving serious integrity issues impacting public administration.
“In the LGAQ’s opinion, anything less would be verging on an extreme use of extraordinary powers under the Local Government Act and would set a dangerous precedent.
“The Mayor has taken leave. As charges have now been laid it’s important that the court process is allowed to run.”