Mayor Tom Tate has been fined and will have to undergo counselling after being found guilty of misconduct over a social media post about a fellow Gold Coast Councillor.
Hinterland Councillor Glenn Tozer made a complaint earlier this year after Cr Tate took to his Facebook page, accusing him of not being transparent about a Masters degree he had been doing, alleging ratepayers were being forced to pay most of it.
The post read “as the pub testers would say ‘Stop the rorts!’” and “it’s another nose in the trough by a politician”.
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Cr Tozer claims he had sought advice from CEO Dale Dickson about the course, took appropriate subjects in financial literacy that would benefit his role as Councillor and all budget allocations were made public.
Today, the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal ruled the Mayor made untrue and unreasonable comments in his post and ordered the Mayor to attend counselling, focusing on his use of social media.
He was also required to pay a fine of $1250 to Council.