Pahlke caught with questions over his 'private email' use
DAVID Pahlke has moved to clarify his use of what was believed to be a private email address.
The Division 10 councillor has told residents to contact him via the email account; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some people took umbrage with it, declaring the use of the account should be prohibited.
Cr Pahlke said it was a council-owned account he had access to "for many years".
"It's a council email, I don't own it," Cr Pahlke told the QT.
"It has a diversion to the council address and all emails are recorded by council."
The @gil.com.au domain was registered by Ipswich City Council and used by councillors more than 20 years ago.
Despite the rollout of the DPahlke@Ipswich.qld.gov.au account, Cr Pahlke said he still asked residents to email both addresses.
"I got a number of complaints by people who said they sent me emails and I never got them," he said.
"People were spelling my name wrong.
"Every single councillor had this @gil.com.au address. I just kept it."
The council pays $55 annually for the account.
The email habits of councillors has been under the spotlight this week, with Paul Tully's use of the Ipswich@gmail.com and PaulGTully@gmail.com questioned.
While the CCC would not comment on specific cases, a spokesman said; "the CCC believes it is undesirable for any person in the public service to use private emails to conduct official business".
Cr Pahlke described his use of DavidP@gil.com.au as "completely innocent".
"It's controlled and all the emails are recorded by council," he said.
The Right to Information Process would apply to that email address to."
A spokesman for the council said it had "low-level oversight". "We can request password changes, " he said.
"We do not have direct access to content."
Cr Pahlke said the CCC "never discussed" the account.