News

Council ousts Bill Ludwig

Cr Bill Ludwig
Cr Bill Ludwig

THE relationship between Mayor Brad Carter and Yeppoon councillor Bill Ludwig plummeted new depths yesterday.

Cr Ludwig made a formal complaint against the Mayor, accusing him of inconsistent rulings, discrimination and bullying. Shortly after making the complaint to acting chief executive Gavin Steele, Cr Ludwig was ejected from the council chamber.

Having previously warned Cr Ludwig for inappropriate and disorderly conduct and ordering him to stop making interjections, the Mayor called a division on a motion to throw out Cr Ludwig.

Earlier proceedings were disrupted when four councillors – Rose Swadling, Stephen Schwarten, Graeme Brady and Sandra O’Brien – walked out, indicating their dissatisfaction at the level of debate and trivial points of order.

The Mayor closed the meeting for 20 minutes so councillors could thrash out their differences in private.

After he had been banished, Cr Ludwig accused Cr Carter of waging a personal vendetta.

“The last time I was cited for inappropriate behaviour the Mayor had to apologise to me.

“I will not be silenced or bullied.

"This personal vendetta is making a mockery of the democratic process,” he said.

Cr Ludwig said he had requested transcripts of the entire meeting.

“I think my demeanour and attitude throughout was appropriate.

"I’m entitled to challenge rulings and ask relevant questions but there are two standards applied at the council; one for Bill Ludwig and one for everyone else.”

The complaint against the Mayor could end up with the Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal in Brisbane.

Cr Carter said he was disturbed by some of the conduct at the table but, given the formal complaint, he did not wish to make further comment.

Topics:  bill ludwig, brad carter




Uncertainty for McAleese

McAleese Transport Company on Kent Street is facing an uncertain future.

The company is unable to clarify how the move will affect CQ jobs

LETTER: Honour for the late Veitnam veteran, Harry Mimi

Harry Mimi at the 2015 Rockhampton Remembrance Day service.

May younger Aussies be inspired by Harry Mimi's family

Rio Tinto gets $50k penalty

FINED: Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Mine. Photo Contributed

Judge has handed down a $50,000 penalty against Rio Tinto

Latest deals and offers

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Housing market going strong as units face tougher times

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

Red hot property for sale

HOT PROPERTY: The building where Red Rooster sits on Musgrave St is for sale.

Musgrave St property up for sales

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m