Mayor behind bars but it's all in the name of charity

Mayor Gerard O'Connell in jail at the Lock Up Your Boss charity event at Stockland Shopping Centre.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell in jail at the Lock Up Your Boss charity event at Stockland Shopping Centre. Alistair Brightman

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell was imprisoned for half an hour on Saturday morning for illegally cutting down trees on the foreshore.

That was the fake crime he was charged with to be locked up for the PCYC's Do Time to Stop Youth Crime campaign.

Mayor O'Connell said anything he had done with the foreshore was in the name of enhancement.

"I pleaded not guilty because I've never owned a chainsaw," he said.

Cr O'Connell said he spent about half an hour locked up but was glad to have been released thanks to some generous donations from shoppers.

"I think I saw a $50 note slipped in there somewhere," he said.

"I'm enjoying freedom."

There was a good flow of donations from children when Harvey the Whale and the police dog were locked up for being unregistered animals.



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