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Loft looks for apology from Mayor, councillors

COUNCILLOR Chris Loft wants an apology from the Mayor and two other anonymous councillors after a complaint of misconduct was dismissed due to a lack of substance.

Cr Loft said he received a letter from the Director-General of the Department of Local Government quashing the allegations.

After a preliminary assessment by the council in March, it was alleged Cr Loft displayed misconduct.

A complaint was lodged by two anonymous councillors who said they felt intimidated when they alleged Cr Loft used information received from private business activity to influence councillors to provide financial support to the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum.

"A complaint of possible misconduct against Cr Chris Loft was determined on May 28, 2014 by the Director-General as lacking in substance and therefore dismissed," a Department of Local Government spokeswoman said.

Throughout the investigation Cr Loft has maintained the complaint was "dead in the water".

Yesterday he said he thought it was a ridiculous scenario: "I look forward to apologies now," he said.

"It was a ridiculous waste of people's time and resources."

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he didn't see the need to apologise to Cr Loft and said he was only following local government legislation.

"I'm regretful I was placed in a position that I had to exercise that sort of work.

"I kept a very professional stance on this issue, I followed the local government legislation.

"If that's their decision I will abide by that and the matter is now closed."

Topics:  apology, chris loft, fraser coast regional council, mayor




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