Allen Rea (middle) flanked by two of his supporters, Bill Steel and Keith Kelley, outside the courthouse.
Allen Rea (middle) flanked by two of his supporters, Bill Steel and Keith Kelley, outside the courthouse. Sharyn Oneill

Grazier to fight council charges

GRAZIER Allen Rea will defend himself from charges he illegally graded a road by contesting how Rockhampton Regional Council (RRC) filed court documents.

Mr Rea was taken to court earlier this year by the council and charged with trespass and working without a permit to grade a 14km section of the Stanage Bay Rd.

Defence lawyer Tom Polley, in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday morning, said the defence was simply “the complainant (RRC chief executive Evan Pardon) is not the proper person”.

Rather the defence will contend the complainant should have been the RRC as prescribed by the Local Government Act 2009.

Magistrate Tom Bradshaw set down May 25 for pre-trial legal arguments to be heard.

Outside the court Mr Rea said he was taken aback by the support shown by six protesters carrying placards including “A Rea of hope for a fair go”.

Keith Kelley said Mr Rea “brings new meaning to community spirit”.

“The community is concerned about this,” he said.

“They are saying they do not want the council to go ahead with it.”

Mr Kelley, who is refusing to mow the footpath outside his home in protest at the council’s actions, said “the last time I heard, the ratepayer was paying their (the council’s) wages."



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