Act not breached over land: Mayor
MAYOR Brad Carter will tell councillors today that he did nothing to breach the Local Government Act in his dealings with land owned by a contributor to his election fund.
The mayor is facing two formal complaints that he did not declare a conflict of interest when the council applied for a Temporary Local Planning Instrument to redesignate land at Gracemere.
A sizeable block of the land in question is owned by Rockhampton businessman Dick MacNevin who gave $5000 towards Cr Carter's election campaign in 2008.
It has been alleged that the value of Mr MacNevin's land will increase as a result of the hotly-contested TLPI.
Complaints from Cr Bill Ludwig and Gracemere resident Brett Wass have been forwarded by the council's chief executive to the Department of Local Government and Planning.
Yesterday Cr Carter told The Morning Bulletin he did not declare a conflict of interest because he had no knowledge that Mr MacNevin owned land in the disputed Precinct K.
"I have sought and obtained independent and impartial legal advice from McInnes Wilson of Brisbane and barrister Stephen Fynes-Clinton, an acknowledged expert in local government matters," he said.
"For the record, that advice states unequivocally that I have not acted in breach of the Local Government Act and did not have a conflict of interest, real or perceived, in the council's considerations of the TLPI over the Gracemere Industrial Area land."
He said the allegations were inaccurate, lacked substance and had no basis.