CMC to probe Ipswich Flood Appeal
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale is outraged that questions have been raised about appeals set up to help Ipswich people.
He says the questions about the appeal are part of a political vendetta and he called on the people behind them to come forward.
The Mayor said questions had been lodged with the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) about the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
He said questions were raised about the appeal which was run by the Mayor's Community Fund and the City of Ipswich Community Fund.
"I say raspberries to those people.
"The flood appeal was set up to help the people of Ipswich and that's what it's doing."
He said the Mayor's Community Fund was set up to help people who needed immediate help after crises such as house fires.
The City of Ipswich Community Fund was for organisations that needed money and donations were tax deductible, he said.
"When the floods hit we set up a separate account under those two accounts," he said.
"We already had the legal mechanism to set up the flood appeal; otherwise it would have taken months.
"It's run by a committee who have busted their butts to raise the money.
"I mean, Tom Edwards is on the committee."
Other committee members include Paul Tully, Victor Attwood, Peter Rea, John Grant, Paul Casos, Peter Hourigan, Andrew Harvey and June Frank.
Cr Pisasale said the CMC would send the council a list of questions about the flood appeal.
"I'm not worried about that. I've got nothing to hide," he said.
"The thing I hate is that it's taking up CMC time.
"This is just people playing political games.
"I'd like the people to come forward.
"I don't know why they don't just call me.
"These spineless people who use the CMC for political purposes is horrendous.
"There should be a fine for people who misuse the CMC.
"It's an insult to people like Tom Edwards and Paul Casos and all the hard-working people who have raised this money."