Leu on DUI charge
DIVISION 10 councillor Julia Leu – who is running for mayor in the new Douglas Shire Council – will face a magistrate next month after police charged her with drink driving on October 4.
Councillor Leu said she was remorseful for her ‘‘lapse of judgment’’ regarding the drink driving offence.
‘‘I have been charged with a traffic offence of a low- level alcohol reading of 0.071 and there are no other charges,’’ Ms Leu said.
‘‘I accept without reservation that I have done the wrong thing and will of course accept without dispute the consequences that will be imposed by the court.
‘‘I sincerely apologise for my lapse of judgment, after 39 years of driving with a clean record.’’
Cr Leu is expected to appear in Mossman Magistrates Court on November 6, three days before the Douglas Shire election.
Cairns Regional Council chief executive Peter Tabulo said any councillors with ‘‘ pending charges’’ were not required by law to notify council.
‘‘Under the Local Government Act, a person with a criminal conviction is not eligible to hold public office – traffic offences do not generally carry a criminal conviction,’’ he said.
‘‘If an incident occurs in a councillor’s private time and does not impact the councillor’s ability to fulfil their role, or conflict with the conditions of the Local Government Act, council is not required to take any action.’’