Back me or you’re out: Mayor claims
Phone call details aired at meeting
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
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.