CMC investigations continue

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council Mayor, Mike Brunker, has been cleared of two allegations referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC).

The CMC confirmed yesterday that the two allegations referred to had raised no suspicion as the information available to the CMC was insufficient.

However, the CMC spokeseperson confirmed that there were other matters in relation to the investigation of Mr Brunker that were on-going.

The spokesperson said that for confidentiality reasons, they could not provide details about how many complaints had been received or how many people had submitted these complaints.

“They are not details we provide,” she said.

The spokeseperson said the CMC would contact Mr Brunker and the complainant once the matter was finlaised.

However, she confirmed there was no time frame for this matter and that it would be completed “in due course”.

Council issued a press release on Tuesday, stating that Mr Brunker had been cleared of allegations about two matters.

The first was about “Corruption and Favouritism' for failing to declare an interest and using authority where conflict of interest existed in relation to the purchase of land for a sports park at Mt Marlow.

Mr Brunker had in fact declared a conflict of interest on all occasions throughout this process.

According to Mr Brunker, the second allegation was for “misappropriation” and stated that Council was given $4 million by the Proserpine Catholic School to build a high school in Proserpine and that the money had gone missing.

“In fact, Council has never received $4 million from Catholic education,” Mr Brunker said.

He said he welcomed the findings by the CMC that there was no case to answer.

“I never have or never will have shares or interest in the land at Mt Marlow and it is purely a fabrication by liars in the community,” Mr Brunker said.

“The conflict of interest I have declared with Mr Tony Price is that I have been friends with him for a number of years through rugby league circles and he assisted me on my last electoral campaign as a scrutineer,” he said.

“I am honestly sick of the lies and the people who fabricate rumours within this community and the only way to stop this is through legal action.

“Those people out there spreading the lies should take this on notice.”

Mr Brunker said he looked forward to receiving the final report from the CMC from allegations made more than eight months ago which would put all matters to rest once and for all.

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