City hall critic cops warn­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - SCOTT SAWYER Scott.Sawyer@sc­news.com.au

OUT­SPO­KEN Coun­cil­lor Greg Roger­son has been is­sued with an in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct warn­ing af­ter he was re­moved from a coun­cil work site for un­safe work­place prac­tices.

An anony­mous tip-off to the Daily this week ad­vised a coun­cil­lor had re­cently been kicked off a job site.

Coun­cil re­mained tightlipped about the in­ci­dent, with a spokesman telling the Daily any safe work is­sues for coun­the cil­lors or staff “would be dealt with in ac­cor­dance with stan­dard pol­icy and prac­tice and typ­i­cally would not be com­mented on pub­licly”.

Cr Roger­son con­firmed he had been is­sued with the warn­ing in re­la­tion to work he did last Fri­day on a rock in­tended as a plaque for the Burn­side Neigh­bour­hood Watch group to hon­our spe­cial mem­bers.

Cr Roger­son – who said he had about 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in automotive trade train­ing and TAFE teach­ing as well as Work­place Health and Safety cre­den­tials – told the Daily he’d carried out the work him­self to save spend­ing pub­lic money from his di­vi­sional bud­get.

Cr Roger­son said the Neigh­bour­hood Watch group had sought his help to get a plaque in­stalled to hon­our mem­bers’ con­tri­bu­tions.

A large rock was se­lected from the quarry as the stone they wished to in­stall a plaque on and Cr Roger­son said the quote to pol­ish the rock up came back at more than $2500.

He said he con­sid­ered that an un­nec­es­sary amount to spend and spent hours pol­ish­ing the rock him­self in full pro­tec­tive equip­ment.

Last Fri­day he said he had a few hours of work left to fin­ish pol­ish­ing the rock and was again decked out in full pro­tec­tive gear, but he ad­mit­ted he used his own lead, which had not been tagged and tested.

Cr Roger­son said there were earth leak­age cir­cuit break­ers on all the con­nec­tions and the leads weren’t near wa­ter, but he was marched off site and yes­ter­day is­sued with an of­fi­cial warn­ing un­der Chap­ter 6 of Lo­cal Govern­ment Act.

“I take re­spon­si­bil­ity, I had used my lead which I ad­mit, wasn’t tested and tagged,” Cr Roger­son said.

Cr Roger­son spoke out strongly this week against what he felt to be a lack of trans­parency in a re­port on the coun­cil’s new city hall build­ing in the Maroochydore CBD.

Burn­side Neigh­bour­hood Watch’s Rod Brady said Cr Roger­son had been do­ing a char­i­ta­ble deed for them and “who­ever did this to him needs to get a life”.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

PROJECT: The rock in ques­tion which Cr Greg Roger­son was kicked off a coun­cil work site while pol­ish­ing.

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