Slow graft probe angers Gold Coast mayor

Sonia Kohlbacher

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has accused Queensland's corruption watchdog of taking too long to investigate allegations against some councillors, including himself.

The Crime and Corruption Commissioner is investigating whether Mr Tate deliberately misled other councillors ahead of a vote on a property sale and the disclosure of racehorses owned by him and Deputy Mayor Donna Gates.

"If you've got something, it's time to do the business or get off the pot," he told reporters on Friday.

"There's no horse of self interest running in this race."

Mr Tate says he is confident he is not guilty of wrongdoing and has also called on the CCC to brief councillors on their conflict of interest reporting obligations under new laws passed last month.

"Even after several lengthy workshops with legal and other officials, the confusion engulfing councillors is now posing a risk to sound democratic governance," he wrote in a letter to CCC chair Alan MacSporran this week in a letter obtained by News Corp.

Mr Tate and the council's chief executive Dale Dickson were accused of improper conduct in a complaint made to the CCC from local advocacy group Save Surfers Paradise late last year.

Central to the allegations were the sales of a site at 72 Remembrance Drive, which the group claims Mr Tate has a personal interest in due to his business links, and the Bruce Bishop Car Park, funds from which are set to pay for council's new cultural precinct.

The CCC is also probing the council's decision to fill in a lake near the city's race course as Mr Tate and Ms Gates came under scrutiny for allegedly not disclosing their stake in racehorses.

Ms Gates quit as the deputy chair of the Economy, Planning and Environment Committee last month, a day after she was briefed on the new laws.

The legislation was introduced following the CCC's Operation Belcarra which has investigated several southeast Queensland councils including the Gold Coast City Council.