Douglas manager sues Cairns council
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.