Mayor’s wife investigated
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.