Qld govt dismisses all 13 Logan councillors and appoints an administrator

LOCAL government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has appointed retired senior servant Tamara O'Shea Logan City Council interim administrator.

DISMISSAL: Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has appointed an interim administrator for Logan City Council.

DISMISSAL: Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has appointed an interim administrator for Logan City Council.

Ms O'Shea has a senior executive administration background.

Mr Hinchliffe said he had no choice but to dismiss all 13 councillors after the Crime and Corruption Commission charged suspended mayor Luke Smith and seven councillors with integrity offences.

"Dismissal is the only option available to me, given Logan City Council has lost its quorum and can no longer function effectively," he said.

"This had left council unable to pass a budget, appoint an acting mayor or pass a resolution to delegate matters to a standing committee or the CEO.

"This action does not interfere with any current legal proceedings and, let me be clear, any individuals facing charges are innocent until proven guilty."

Logan City Council released a statement supporting the appointment of Ms O'Shea.

"Council is looking forward to working constructively and collaboratively with Ms O'Shea on behalf of Logan residents.

"Logan City Council assures our community that all services provided by Council will continue to be delivered in a timely and professional manner.

"There will be no disruption to the delivery of these services and major projects will continue, to cater for the future growth of our city."

An interim management committee will be appointed in a matter of weeks to assist Ms O'Shea.

Mr Hinchliffe said it was his intention to offer the non-suspended councillors - Lisa Bradley, Laurie Koranski, Darren Power and Jon Raven appointments to the committee.

At a press conference today, all four councillors confirmed they would recontest their divisions at the local government elections due in March next year

"It has been an absolute baptism of fire since we were elected in 2016 and I absolutely welcome reform," Cr Koranski said.

"We have been madly trying to square away the last bits of administration we need to take care off before we walk out of the building last thing this afternoon.

"I look forward to my opportunity to run again and represent not only division four but the people of Logan."

Cr Darren Power said he expected the step to dismiss the councillors would eventually be taken.

"We accept it...we won't act like Ipswich (City Council) and whinge or sue anyone over it," he said.

"It is disappointing. I have been here for 22 years. I love my job and am passionate about the community."

Critics of the decision to dismiss the council have also spoken out, including Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam.

"None of the seven councillors accused of wrongdoing have been given natural justice," he said.

"The actions of the government and the Crime and Corruption Commission in this matter are unprecedented.

"The residents of Logan city now have no local political representation."

Logan Country Safe City chairman David Kenny said he supported the decision to appoint an administrator and was appalled with the situation.

"Following the disgusting events of last week in which seven good councillors were charged this now leaves a council in an untenable position," he said.

"It is a sad day when a well-run and managed council is destroyed by personal agendas rather than acting in the best interests of the community."

Bethania Residents Action group president Diana Howes said the next elected council would have a big job ahead to restore trust in local government.

"Councillors need to start behaving properly and take the role of public office seriously," he said.

"Money needs to be spent on good quality infrastructure to cater for the needs of a growing population and we need to see private investment in the city returning with confidence."

Mayoral candidate for Logan, Stewart Fleming, said he understood the local government minister had no choice than to appoint an administrator.

"I understand additional boundary changes are happening and that an (early) election was not possible," he said.

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