Brunker in fight at races
PRESIDENT of Bowen Turf Club Cyril Vains claims that he was the victim of an unwarranted assault by Labor candidate for Dawson Mike Brunker at the Bowen races on Saturday.
“I was amazed by his behaviour, by his abuse,” Mr Vains said.
However, Mr Brunker claims that all the media coverage about the incident on Saturday was “a bit of a beat up” and that after 16 years in Local Government, one incident would not put people off.
“At the end of the day, people who oppose me will make it an issue,” he said.
Mr Brunker and Mr Vains found themselves in a heated discussion after Mr Brunker arrived at the Turf Club with election posters that he put on or near the front fence.
After the club had received complaints about the material being on club property, security personnel asked Mr Brunker to remove the posters.
He then moved them to the back entrance but soon after security officials again told Mr Brunker that his election material was still on turf club property.
Mr Brunker then demanded to see the turf club president Mr Vains to discuss the matter.
There was then a “heated discussion” between the two men where Mr Vains was allegedly punched by Mr Brunker.
Mr Brunker claims he was simply defending himself.
Meanwhile, Mr Vains claims he was asked by the Labor Party to wait until after the election until he reported the incident to police.
He says he was contacted by a Labor Party official who had pressured him to hold back on filing a complaint to police over the alleged assault.
“I was approached (by a Labor Party official) and I didn't think that was the right thing to do,” he said.
Mr Vains has since reported the matter to police and said that “they will have to enquire into it”.