Councillor must say sorry to Fraser Coast Opportunities

MARYBOROUGH councillor Chris Loft has again been referred to the Department of Local Government due to alleged misconduct.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell investigated a complaint about the conduct of Cr Chris Loft after he described the region's tourism body, Fraser Coast Opportunities, as a "cancer".

The Chronicle saw the outcome of the investigation on Thursday night.

There were three complaints relating to the conduct of Cr Loft.

The council's preliminary assessment of the first complaint found Cr Loft displayed misconduct.

The complaint related to the alleged use of information received from private business activity to influence councillors to provide financial support to the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum.

For that allegation, Cr Loft has been referred to the Department of Local Government.

Another complaint referred to the disclosure of private information relating to a vacancy with Fraser Coast Opportunities before the position was publicly advertised.

The final complaint related to an email sent referring to the removal of tourism brochures from Visitor Information centres within the region.

Cr Loft could not be contacted last night.

The punishment

  • Cr Loft must apologise to Fraser Coast Opportunities
  • Any repeat of inappropriate conduct and Cr Loft will be referred to the Department of Local Government


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