CBD division 5 councillor Alan Blake responded angrily.
"Yeah, I get it. Advise when you are out of town and your political mongrels lodge a CMC claim against you," Blake wrote.
I don't think anyone needs to wait until a councillor is away from town to lodge a complaint? Surely the CMC doesn't care.
He went on to write...
"None of us have any trust in the politics you introduced into this council..... Roll on March 31st."
The outrage and public anger from Blake comes days after a Crime and Misconduct Complaint was lodged against the Division 5 councillor that is based on at least 14 occasions where he did not declare a conflict before voting.
He at first called the incident "politically motivated", a day later Blake told the Cairns Post the votes had occurred during a "grey period" when the Local Government Act changed the way councillors declared their interests. He also said Cairns Regional councillors "were confused about their obligations to declare financial interests in the chamber because they hadn’t been properly briefed."
The CMC investigation will reveal this of course. An almost identical series of complaints against Cr Sno Bonneau will be out within the next month and is expected to reveal serious misconduct, carrying penalties from substantial fines to a prison sentence.
Both Bonneau and Blake have been a councillor for more than 10 years. Surely they know the protocol, and courtesy to advise the Mayor and CEO when they will be away from Cairns? On a $100,000 salary that we all pay for, and they can't even advise their "boss."
Here's what Cr Forsyth sent last Wednesday evening...
- From: Cr Diane Forsyth
Sent: Wednesday, 12 October 2011 5:46 PM
To: Lyn Russell; Val Schier
Cc: Sharon Bennie; Kirsten Lesina
Subject: Away from Cairns
Dear Lyn and Val,
I will be in Brisbane from Friday 14th October for a 2 day ALGWA Qld., executive meeting. I will return to Cairns on Tuesday 18th October, in the morning after taking the opportunity to travel to Sydney Sunday and Monday (to see my grandson and daughter).
I will have my landline transferred to Sharon Bennie and will be available on mobile and email. I will be away two working days, however, if there is an issue needing urgent attention Cr Lesina can be contacted to assist.
Cr Di Forsyth
Division 7 Councillor
PO Box 359, Cairns Q 4870
P: 07 4044 3077 M: 0438 729 407
Here's the Mayor's reply, that she copied to all Councillors...
- From: Val Schier
Sent: Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:28 AM
To: All Councillors
Subject: Re: Away from Cairns
This is the type of notification that some councillors give me in relation to any absences from the city/region. It ensures that both the CEO and I are informed and that arrangements are in place to respond to any constituent enquiries.
Cr Val Schier
Mayor, Cairns Regional Council
Phone: 07 4044 3083
Here's Councillor Alan Blake's reply...
- From: Alan Blake
Sent: Thursday, 13 October 2011 11:28 AM
To: Val Schier
Cc: All Councillors
Subject: Re: Away from Cairns
Yeah, I get it. Advise when you are out of town and your political mongrels lodge a CMC claim against you .
None of us have any trust in the politics you introduced into this council..... Roll on March 31st.
Councillor Alan Blake
Cairns Regional Council
0414 708 529