Statement from the Independent Assessor Kathleen Florian – Burdekin Shire mayor decision
21 August 2019
The Councillor Conduct Tribunal has sustained two allegations of misconduct against Burdekin Shire Mayor Lynette McLaughlin after she failed to list her involvement with two companies on her register of interests over an extended period.
A long-term councillor, Mayor McLaughlin accepted she should have known to record that she was a Director of Palm Island Economic Development Corporation and that she was a Director and owned shares in Virginia House Cairns Pty Ltd.
Cr McLaughlin was never paid as a Director and the companies did not do any business with the Burdekin Shire and have since been deregistered.
The complaints were fast tracked by the Office of the Independent Assessor to the Tribunal which noted the full and early co-operation of the councillor saved the OIA the cost of a full investigation.
The Tribunal stated that as Mayor, it is reasonable that Cr McLaughlin be held to a higher standard of conduct, but it accepted her actions were mostly likely due to oversight.
Cr McLaughlin was ordered to reimburse $250 to the Burdekin Shire Council as a contribution to some of the costs arising from the councillor’s misconduct and tribunal hearing.
The Councillor Conduct Tribunal decision can be found here.
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Last updated: 21 Aug 2019