Despite CMC, business as usual at the GCCC



GOLD Coast City Council's chief executive Dale Dickson says it's business as usual following the announcement that the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) would hold a public inquiry into council.

"The Council has 2700 dedicated staff from backhoe drivers to beach cleaners, lifeguards and customer service people to environmental protection officers," Mr Dickson said.

"While the CMC inquiry into electoral issues is in the news, council staff are focused on providing quality services to Gold Coast residents, businesses and visitors.

"Councillors are responsible for setting policy. Council staff are about delivering essential day-to-day services. We will continue to get on with the job," he said.

The CMC is to conduct a public inquiry into alleged failure of some councillors to declare the source of election funding, in kind support and developer links.

The terms of reference for the public inquiry to be conducted by CMC chairman Robert Needham are yet to be finalised.

While the inquiry has been welcomed, a number of councillors from the Mayor Ron Clarke down have insisted they have nothing to hide.

Meanwhile, Gold Coast Combined Chamber of Commerce president John Preston said the allegations made against council "resulting in speculation, rumours and innuendo" had lowered business confidence on the Gold Coast.

"At least the open public inquiry recommended by the CMC will establish what is fact rather than rumour and that will be one of the few positive things that has occurred over the past month - for this reason alone we welcome it," Mr Preston said.

However the chamber, he said, was concerned that media statements attributed to Councillor Peter Young, who made the allegations, calls for the sacking of the council "regardless of the outcome of the inquiry based on a perceived lack of public confidence".

"This type of statement does not reflect the course of natural justice and continues to undermine business confidence," Mr Preston said.

"It is important that the council continues to move forward in its running of the Gold Coast unhindered and that the business community supports it in that role.

"The present allegations raise issues of misconduct with regard to breaches of the election provisions of the Local Government Act therefore we must not cast aspersions on any councillors until such time as the CMC inquiry is completed and an outcome is achieved."



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