The Queensland Government has sacked the entire Logan City Council in the aftermath of an investigation that uncovered systemic corruption.
Queensland Minister for Local Government, Stirling Hinchlffe, announced the appointment of retired veteran public servant Tamara O’Shea as the Interim Administrator of the council.
“Dismissal is the only option available to me, given Logan City Council has lost its quorum and can no longer function effectively,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“With nine of its 13 councillors automatically suspended as a result of serious integrity charges, council no longer had sufficient numbers to conduct meetings.
“This had left Council unable to pass a Budget, appoint an Acting Mayor or pass a resolution to delegate matters to a standing committee or the CEO.
“I have not taken this action lightly and I want to stress that I had no choice but to intervene in the best interests of Logan residents.
“This action does not interfere with any current legal proceedings and let me be clear any individuals facing charges are innocent until proven guilty.”
Logan City Council has a quorum of seven councillors. With only four councillors remaining, it could not pass a resolution and there is no mechanism under the Local Government legislation which would allow this to occur.
Mr Hinchliffe said Ms O’Shea brought a strong set of capabilities to the role of Interim Administrator.
“Ms O’Shea is highly respected for her distinguished career as a senior public servant,” he said.
“Her skills as a senior executive administrator managing government interests in complex and rapidly evolving environments, while upholding high standards of ethical behaviour and high levels of business performance will be vital in this role.