“No other choice”: State Government to sack Logan Council

The State Government will move to sack Logan City Council after seven councillors along with suspended Mayor Luke Smith were charged by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

The group was last week charged with fraud, accused of unlawfully forcing former council CEO Sharon Kelsey out of her job.

The seven councillors were automatically suspended following the charges with the State Government now set to appoint an administrator until Council elections are held next year.


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Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says he had no choice.

“With only four councillors remaining, it cannot perform its responsibilities,” he told parliament.

“As it stands the council is unable to pass its budget for the 2019-2020 financial year, or appoint an acting mayor or pass a resolution to delegate matters to a standing committee or indeed the Chief Executive Officer.

“This is a situation which I cannot let happen. Immediate action must be taken to ensure that the ratepayers of Logan and the residents of Logan have a council which can function.”

“The people of Logan deserve foremost a functioning Council that can continue to provide services

“Unfortunately they find themselves in an extraordinary situation that must be addressed as quickly as possible in order to move forward with confidence.”

Meantime dumped Mayor Luke Smith has been granted bail after being charged with drink driving and breaching his bail.

Smith allegedly blew 0.139 after crashing into a parked car and a tree last night at Meadowbrook.

The court heard he was on his way to KFC at the time of the incident.

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