Qld deputy mayor guilty of misconduct

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A former deputy mayor of a far north Queensland council has been found to have engaged in misconduct during his time in office.

Wayne Kimberly was investigated by the Councillor Conduct Tribunal, which found he failed to declare a conflict of interest when voting at a Cassowary Coast Regional Council meeting.

The voting matter was in relation to criminal proceedings involving two members of the public.

At the meeting in December 2017, Mr Kimberly voted to extend council's brief to its lawyers to appear on behalf of the CCRC chief executive officer, council officers, councillors and their immediate families as determined by the CEO at a criminal trial.

In its findings, the CCT disclosed Mr Kimberley had a personal interest in the outcome, as it afforded him a potential benefit of legal assistance, and he failed to abide by his mandatory obligation to effectively manage a conflict of interest.

Their ruling found that such conduct undermined the integrity principles in the Local Government Act and ordered him to publicly admit to misconduct within 90 days.

In June 2021, Mr Kimberly made applications to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to review and stay the CCT decision and sought a non-publication order.

Before the hearing in July, QCAT granted interim orders only for the prohibition of publication of any information that would identify Mr Kimberley, the council, and any relevant third parties.

One week later, the matter was heard before the tribunal and QCAT refused the non-publication order.

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