Carey coun­cil court case judge­ment pend­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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