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Councillor Conduct Complaints

The Local Government Act 2009 (Qld) sets out rules for how Council must deal with a complaint about the conduct and performance of councillors.

Council is required to keep a record of all Councillor conduct complaints received by Council's Chief Executive Officer, and the outcome of each complaint, including any disciplinary action or other action that was taken in relation to the complaint. The record of outcomes of Councillor conduct complaints is available below and can also be requested by contacting Council.

Reference number Subject of complaint Complaint outcome
C2016_44 Councillor Bob Kaigey (Mer) Allegation of inappropriate conduct. Complaint withdrawn.
C2015_30 Councillor Joel Gaidan (Dauan) One allegation of misconduct was referred to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. The Department referred the alleged misconduct to the Local Government Regional Conduct Review Panel. At the time of hearing, Mr Gaidan was no longer a Councillor. The allegation of misconduct was found to be substantiated. The Panel ordered Mr Gaidan to pay a penalty amount to Council and noted that Mr Gaidan had already reimbursed Council.
C2015_28 Councillor Willie Lui (Warraber) Two allegations of inappropriate conduct were found to be substantiated.
While it was open to the Complaint Officer to make an order reprimanding the former Councillor for his inappropriate conduct, it was not considered to be in the public interest to do so. This decision applied section 176A of the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld) and took into account that Mr Lui was not re-elected as Councillor for Warraber in the March 2016 local government election.
C2015_27 Councillor Willie Lui (Warraber) Two allegations of inappropriate conduct were found to be substantiated.
While it was open to the Complaint Officer to make an order reprimanding the former Councillor for his inappropriate conduct, it was not considered to be in the public interest to do so. This decision applied section 176A of the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld) and took into account that Mr Lui was not re-elected as Councillor for Warraber in the March 2016 local government election.
C2015_19 Councillor Willie Lui (Warraber) Allegation of inappropriate conduct. Complaint withdrawn.
C2015_17 Councillor Willie Lui (Warraber)

The allegations of inappropriate conduct were found to be substantiated.
While it was open to the Complaint Officer to make an order reprimanding the former Councillor for his inappropriate conduct, it was not considered to be in the public interest to do so. This decision applied section 176A of the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld) and took into account that Mr Lui was not re-elected as Councillor for Warraber in the March 2016 local government election.

C2015_15 Councillor Joel Gaidan (Dauan) Allegations of misconduct were referred to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. The Department referred the alleged misconduct to the Local Government Regional Conduct Review Panel. The allegation of misconduct was found to be substantiated. The Panel ordered that Cr Gaidan make an apology at the first possible open meeting of Council; that Cr Gaidan reimburse Council; and that Cr Gaidan pay a penalty to Council. The matter was tabled at the December 2015 Council Ordinary Meeting, where Cr Gaidan apologised before Council. The matter was recorded in the Minutes of the December 2015 Council Ordinary Meeting (item 17).
C2015_14 Councillor Ron Enosa (Saibai) One allegation of misconduct was referred to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. The Department referred the complaint to the Local Government Regional Conduct Review Panel. At the time of hearing, Mr Enosa was no longer a Councillor. The allegation of misconduct was found to be substantiated. The Panel ordered Mr Enosa to reimburse Council.
C2015_11 Councillor Willie Lui (Warraber) One allegation of inappropriate conduct was found to be substantiated. A written reprimand was issued to the Councillor. The Decision Notice was tabled in Closed Business at the next available Council Ordinary Meeting.
C2014_07 Councillor Mario Sabatino (Hammond Island) Two allegations of inappropriate conduct. The allegations were found to be unsubstantiated.