Logan City, which sits between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, is home to more than 320,000 people and is one of Queensland’s most diverse cities made up of more than 217 different cultures.
The dismissal is now the second Queensland council to be sacked within a 12 month period. Ipswich City Council was dismissed in August after its Mayor and chief executives were charged with corruption.
With nine of Logan’s 13 councillors automatically suspended as a result of “serious integrity charges”, council no longer had enough numbers to conduct meetings.
As a result, council had been left unable to pass a budget, appoint an acting mayor or pass a resolution to delegate matters.
“I have not taken this action lightly and I want to stress that I had no choice but to intervene in the best interests of Logan residents. This action does not interfere with any current legal proceedings and let me be clear any individuals facing charges are innocent until proven guilty,” Hinchliffe said.
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