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Ipswich Mayor Stands Down, Council To Be Dissolved

CCC charges second Mayor

Ipswich Mayor Stands Down, Council To Be Dissolved Dawson's Technical Services

The state government will move to dissolve Ipswich City Council and appoint an administrator amid a widening corruption scandal.

Announcing the move in state parliament on Thursday, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he had reached the conclusion that the Council "can no longer function effectively".

"Based on urgent legal advice, the Government will now commence the process of appointing an administrator at Ipswich City Council, as provided by the Local Government Act," he told parliament.

"Today, I will ask Ipswich City Council to show cause why they should not be dismissed. Next week, I will be asking Cabinet to consider strengthening the legislative powers of the Local Government Minister to dismiss Councils, when they have lost the trust of their community."

On Thursday, Mayor Andrew Antoniolli announced he was standing down after being charged with seven counts of fraud, but maintained his innocence and indicated he intends to fight the charges.

Antoniolli is the twelfth person, and second mayor, to be charged from the CCC's investigations into the council.

 

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