Dou­glas man­ager sues Cairns coun­cil

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

ONE of the fi­nal acts of the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil could end up cost­ing the amal­ga­mated Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil nearly half a mil­lion dol­lars.

David Carey, who was the gen­eral man­ager in the fi­nal dys­func­tional days of the DSC, was sacked at the coun­cil’s last gen­eral meet­ing in March 2008.

He is now su­ing coun­cil at the Queens­land Civil Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal for dam­ages on the grounds of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

For­mer councillor Rod Davis told the tri­bunal he be­lieved Mr Carey’s sack­ing was mo­ti­vated by a de­sire for re­venge by a fac­tion of coun­cil­lors af­ter their pre­ferred CEO, Terry Melchert, was dis­missed in May 2007.

Mr Davis said he be­lieved the case stemmed from a “you got our guy, so we’ll get yours” at­ti­tude held by coun­cil­lors Joe Sci­acca, Bill Bellero, Ge­orge Pitt and deputy mayor Dave Egan.

Mr Carey was on worker’s com­pen­sa­tion leave when he was sacked.

Di­vi­sion ten councillor Ju­lia Leu, who was act­ing DSC CEO at the time of Mr Carey’s dis­missal, gave ev­i­dence that coun­cil­lors had dis­cussed ter­mi­nated Mr Carey’s con­tract.

“I ap­peared as a wit­ness in sup­port of Mr Carey’s claim, how­ever it is in­ap­pro­pri­ate to make any fur­ther com­ment about the mat­ter un­til the court delivers its de­ci­sion,” Cr Leu told the Gazette yes­ter­day.

For­mer Dou­glas mayor Mike Ber­wick also ap­peared gave ev­i­dence in the case.

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