UPDATE: Community meeting after vote of no confidence

Member for Pumicestone Lisa France is "gobsmacked" by a vote of no confidence by Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Member for Pumicestone Lisa France is "gobsmacked" by a vote of no confidence by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Vicki Wood

UPDATE: Member for Pumicestone Lisa France and other community members will attend a community meeting at Beachmere Shopping Centre Friday morning (Dec 19) at 9am about the latest developments in the planning scheme saga.

The shopping centre is on Beachmere Rd.


EARLIER: ALL 13 of the region's councillors have supported a vote of no confidence in Member for Pumicestone Lisa France, who says she is "gobsmacked" by the decision.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland moved the motion but said each councillor who commented and voted did so for their own reasons.

"There was a common theme of disgust," he said.

"Everybody who's been in public life for a long time appreciates that there's a responsibility associated with that and one of the hallmarks of that responsibility…. is basic honesty.

"In this instance Lisa has failed dismally."

Councillors voted unanimously in this morning's Coordination Committee meeting, chastising the MP for "ongoing dissemination, via various media and social avenues, of what the Council considers to be incorrect or misleading information around Council's proposed planning scheme."

Mrs France said the vote of no confidence had "blind-sided" her.

"I'm just absolutely gobsmacked at the moment," she said.

"For me it's been about fighting on behalf of my community because the council wouldn't listen and this is another perfect example.

"Instead of coming out and focussing on the community's concerns and putting out a second draft instead they moved a motion of no confidence in the state member."

Cr Sutherland said councillors were sick of Mrs France making comments he considered untrue, especially surrounding the inclusion of sea level rise due to climate change in the draft scheme.

"We told them we couldn't lift that out without indemnifying us," he said.

"They said that's not right. They then got legal advice to say they had to indemnify us."

Mrs France stuck to her comments about the council "voluntarily" including consideration of a 0.8m sea level rise due to climate change.

"(In February) They received the advice from the Deputy Premier (Jeff Seeney) that said they no longer had to take 0.8m and the planning horizon into consideration however they voted to keep it anyway," she said.  

"In my eyes that's voluntary."

Topics:  moreton bay regional council moreton bay regional council planning scheme

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