Woorabinda mayor in limbo
A CLOUD hangs over the future of Woorabinda Mayor Christopher Paul Adams.
Late yesterday afternoon a spokesman for the Department of Local Government and Planning said the department had been speaking during the day to Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council's chief executive officer, who had confirmed the council was seeking urgent legal advice in relation to Cr Adams's position.
On Saturday the Bulletin reported police had appealed a magistrate's decision as "manifestly inadequate" after Cr Adams was sentenced in February to three months jail, with an immediate parole release date, after he pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.
He was also disqualified from holding a licence for four years.
The court had heard he was a repeat offender.
The department spokesman said the Local Government Act 2009 was specific in that "a person automatically stops being a councillor when the person becomes a prisoner.
This includes a person who is actually serving a period of imprisonment or is liable to serve a period of imprisonment, even though the person has been released from imprisonment".