Councillor caught smuggling wine

By MIKARLA THURECHT ? WOORABINDA Councillor Dorothy Else Kemp has been embroiled in a winegate saga after she was caught smuggling 16 litres of cask wine into the community.

Cr Kemp pleaded guilty to the Liquor Act excess alcohol charge at the Woorabinda Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

She was found travelling with the alcohol last Friday night at Woorabinda.

One four-litre cask was found on her back seat, while three other casks were located in her car boot. The wine was eight times the allowed limit under Woorabinda's alcohol management plan.

Cr Kemp, 48, is believed to be one of the councillors involved in the plan's formulation and implementation.

She was fined $250.

Member for Fitzroy Jim Pearce said the charge would not prevent Cr Kemp from carrying on in her duties because she was not convicted.

When asked if Cr Kemp should continue or step aside, Mr Pearce said it was up to Cr Kemp to choose.

Premier Peter Beattie had been contacted, but did not respond by late last night.

The Morning Bulletin was told Cr Kemp and council chairman Roderick Tobane would be in meetings for the next few weeks.

This is the second wine scandal for Queensland. Former State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Minister Liddy Clark's media adviser, Teresa Mullan, was sacked after taking a bottle of wine to the alcohol-restricted Aborig-inal community at Lockhart River on Cape York in early March.

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