Back me or you’re out: Mayor claims

Phone call de­tails aired at meet­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - STU­ART CUM­MING stu­art.cum­ming@sc­news.com.au

MAYOR Mark Jamieson claims Cr John Con­nolly asked him to sup­port his mo­tion or face be­ing re­moved from a meet­ing.

Ex­plo­sive de­tails of a phone call be­tween the two were aired on Thurs­day as the Mayor fought to have a con­flict of in­ter­est mo­tion de­feated.

They arose when coun­cil­lors were about to dis­cuss Cr Con­nolly’s rescis­sion mo­tion to change the coun­cil’s di­rec­tion on how the Bris­bane Road carpark would be de­vel­oped.

Cr Jamieson said he had re­ceived a phone call from Cr Con­nolly on Tues­day last week.

He said Cr Con­nolly had told him he was go­ing to op­pose him tak­ing part in the rescis­sion dis­cus­sion due to a con­flict of in­ter­est con­cern about Cr Jamieson’s own­er­ship of a com­mer­cial prop­erty in Mooloolaba.

“We talked back and for­ward. Clearly, we had dif­fer­ent views. That is not un­usual in a democ­racy and I ex­plained that to Cr Con­nolly,” Cr Jamieson said.

“But Cr Con­nolly, at a point in con­ver­sa­tion, in­vited me to in fact move the rescis­sion, which I said I wouldn’t do.”

He said Cr Con­nolly would have been happy for him to stay in the room if he had sup­ported Cr Con­nolly’s no­tice.

“The fact of the mat­ter is, I share a dif­fer­ent view and that clearly is the rea­son why he is seek­ing to have me re­moved from the con­ver­sa­tion.”

Coun­cil­lors ul­ti­mately voted that Cr Jamieson did not have a per­ceived con­flict of in­ter­est.

Cr Con­nolly later used an

artist’s im­pres­sion to show coun­cil­lors how his Bris­bane Road carpark vi­sion could ap­pear.

He said the image was for il­lus­tra­tive pur­poses while ad­vo­cat­ing the coun­cil move away from a pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion to seek ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for devel­op­ment on the Mooloolaba

site.

The im­pres­sion showed a view of the site from the in­ter­sec­tion of Smith Street and First Av­enue.

Coun­cil­lors then voted for Cr Con­nolly’s mo­tion to split the Mooloolaba block so a 700space carpark could be built on one sec­tion.

PO­TEN­TIAL: An artist's im­pres­sion of a carpark on the Bris­bane Road site.

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