Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller.
Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller.

UPDATE: MPs sack Ipswich council, appoint administrator

UPDATE 6PM: Ipswich City Council has been dismissed by the State Government. 

It was a unanimous vote in the Queensland Parliament tonight to sack Ipswich's 11 councillors and appoint an administrator.

The Bill will be given Royal Assent tomorrow, which means it will become law. 

Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller launched another attack on the council during a speech in parliament today.

Read her scathing comments and how the day played out here.

 

UPDATE 3.30PM: Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said dozens of residents and council staff contacted her after the show-cause notice was issued in May.

"The general mood in Ipswich is one of confusion, frustration and sometimes anger," she said.

"Staff were telling me of bullying by one or two of the longer serving councillors... this is unacceptable.

"I want to reassure council staff those days are behind them."

Ms Howard felt "sympathy and empathy to some of the councillors" but said the dismissal was about "righting a systemic wrong".

The Ipswich MP said the council chaos caused the city's CBD redevelopment to "virtually come to a standstill", which had forced businesses to close.

"The Ipswich community wants to be confident that their councillors and mayor will serve in the community's interest," she said.

"The people of Ipswich are fighters and will bounce back from this upheaval," she said.
 

UPDATE 11.40AM: The Queensland Parliament has declared the dismissal of Ipswich City Council an 'urgent matter'.

Changes have been made to the Bill, which will affect when councillors can stand for election again.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has reiterated why the State Government is sacking councillors and what it hopes to achieve with an administrator.

 

EARLIER: Today is expected to be the final day Ipswich councillors will remain in their roles. 

The State Government's Dissolution of Ipswich City Council Bill will be introduced into parliament today by Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe and is expected to pass quickly.

Once the Bill passes parliament it will be sent to Governor Paul de Jersey for Royal Assent.

When Mr de Jersey signs the Bill it will become law and councillors will be no more.

An administrator will then be appointed by the State Government.

Rumours have been swirling inside Ipswich City Council that the administrator will be former acting CEO Gary Kellar.

Mr Kellar responded to those rumours here


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