Mayor’s wife in­ves­ti­gated

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - KELMENY FRASER

COR­RUP­TION au­thor­i­ties probed suspended Lo­gan Mayor Luke Smith’s wife as part of its probe into the Harley-David­son-rid­ing politi­cian.

The Sun­day Mail can re­veal An­drea Mill­berry-Smith’s em­ploy­ment with the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads was ex­am­ined by Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials as part of its wide-rang­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Lo­gan council and Smith, 49, who is de­fend­ing mul­ti­ple charges.

Mrs Mill­berry-Smith, 41, was a com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer. She started work­ing there as early as 2012 and most re­cently worked at its Nerang of­fice.

It is un­known if Mrs Mill­berry-Smith still has the job, with the Gov­ern­ment re­fus­ing to com­ment on her em­ploy­ment sta­tus, cit­ing pri­vacy.

No charges have been laid against her and the CCC re­fused to com­ment. Mrs Mill­berry-Smith did not re­spond to writ­ten ques­tions from The Sun­day Mail ini­tially sent via the council last year and could not be reached for com­ment this week.

Mr Smith de­clined to com­ment yesterday.

But The Sun­day Mail can re­veal the Gov­ern­ment will refuse to re­lease doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to Mrs Mill­berry-Smith un­der Right to In­for­ma­tion as it touched on CCC mat­ters. The news­pa­per ap­plied for any doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Mrs Mill­berry-Smith.

Sources said Mrs Mill­berry- Smith met her fu­ture hus­band while work­ing in the me­dia sec­tion at the council.

S h e worked by his side on his 2016 may­oral elec­tion cam­paign, tak­ing min­utes, preparing state­ments and ap­pear­ing by his side at so­cial events after he be­came mayor. The pair (pic­tured) also man­aged a Tas­ma­nian hol­i­day home listed on Airbnb as of­fer­ing views of Ad­ven­ture Bay. They scored good re­views as hosts. But their mar­riage de­te­ri­o­rated after Smith was charged with cor­rup­tion in March 2018. Smith was on bail and liv­ing at his father’s house in Mead­ow­brook when he was ar­rested for a second time in July over al­le­ga­tions that he as­saulted Mrs Mill­berry-Smith. Smith has vowed to de­fend the charges – next listed for men­tion on Jan­uary 24. The CCC last month froze some of Smith’s as­sets, in­clud­ing his Tas­ma­nian prop­erty. Their Win­da­roo fam­ily home was sold in Au­gust for $610,000. Smith, mean­while, has bought a Har­leyDavid­son, ac­cord­ing to his council regis­ter.

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