Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tully Fires Back after Attwood Forum Question

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tully Fires Back after Attwood Forum Question

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FORMER deputy mayor Victor Attwood has accused Acting Mayor Cr Paul Tully of failing to declare a conflict of interest when he voted to protect a group of historic trees at an ordinary council meeting in April of 2016.

But Cr Tully has hit back at his former council colleague, referring him to a section of the Local Government Act which permits councillors to vote on planning scheme amendments without having to declare any conflict.

Mr Attwood, who said he supported Cr Andrew Antoniolli in the mayoral race, raised the issue at a QT election forum at Redbank Plains on Thursday night.

From the floor, Cr Attwood read from a question he had prepared, and said: "Under Section 173 of the Local Government Act, councillors have to declare a conflict of interest if they have one. Can you explain why there is no record of you declaring one at the council planning committee meeting or subsequent council meeting last April, 2016, in regards to Old Jacaranda Butter Factory at Booval, the site owned by Manos Projects, when Manos gave you a political donation for the 2016 council elections."

In response to Cr Attwood's question on Thursday night at the forum, Cr Tully said that the basis of the question was "not correct" and told Mr Attwood "you should get your facts right".

Cr Tully added that Mr Attwood had asked "a very offensive and false question".

Mr Attwood's question related to the council meeting of April 26, 2016, which adopted the Planning, Development and Heritage Committee Report of April 19, 2016.

The report included a recommendation to include 16 Jacaranda trees on the former butter factory site, property owned by Manos Projects, as character places of the Ipswich planning scheme.

Cr Antoniolli moved the report be accepted and it was seconded by Cr Tully and carried. The minutes of the April 26 meeting do not record that Cr Tully declared a conflict of interest. …

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