Carey council court case judgement pending
A JUDGMENT about whether David Carey was discriminated against on political grounds when he was sacked by the former Douglas Shire Council at its final meeting in March 2008 may not be known for months. The three day hearing by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal at the Cairns Courthouse last week re-opened many of the wounds of the former Douglas Shire Council. Claims were heard the council’s former general manager, Mr Carey, was dismissed because of his allegiance to then mayor Mike Berwick. Evidence suggested councillors were motivated by vengeance for the earlier dismissal of CEO Terry Melchert but this was refuted. Former Douglas Shire Council employees and councillors appeared at the tribunal including former acting CEO Julia Leu, who is now an elected representative for the Cairns Regional Council against whom the action was bought. Cr Leu was forced to defend her decision to amend Mr Carey’s employment contract by deleting a clause which stated he could be instantly dismissed with six months’ pay and her failure to disclose the amendment to councillors.