CMC threat over ex-mayor's cafe

FORMER Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow has opened her heart in a plea for councillors to ignore objections to her plans for a social cafe offering $2 hot meals for the needy.

Mrs Strelow has invested her superannuation to acquire the run-down former electrical shop at 300 Bolsover St so she can operate a “neighbourhood centre”.

Her planning application for the take-away has divided the community and could spark an investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission into the way Rockhampton Regional Council has handled the issue.

Businessman Ken Hay, who owns a warehouse opposite the site, says he believes there should be a full investigation into what he alleges are breaches of planning laws and procedures and favouritism shown by councillors to a former colleague.

He is considering making a formal legal challenge and claims the application should never have been considered.

Mr Hay has challenged Mrs Strelow to prove that her proposals can satisfy the building code and if they can he will withdraw his objections and give $10,000 to a nominated charity.

Mayor Brad Carter says he is confident the matter has been properly dealt with.



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