by Nilsson Jones
Logan City ‘treasurer’, Cr Lisa Bradley, resigned from the position earlier this month stating that party politics is jeopardising the democratic process in Council.
During the final ordinary council meeting of 2020, Cr Lisa Bradley announced publicly she had resigned from the role as Chair of the City Governance Committee (CGC) but will continue serving as Councillor for division 1.
As the previous Deputy Chair of the CGC, Division 11 Cr Natalie Willcocks will replace Cr Bradley as acting Chair until the role is put to a vote in the new year.
Fighting back tears during the December 9 meeting, Cr Bradley stated her decision was based on multiple events that she felt had pushed her morals and integrity beyond the limit.
“I have been put in a vulnerable position despite repeatedly asking for assistance and support,” Cr Bradley said.
As the Chair of the CGC, which in part has the responsibility of delivering a budget, Cr Bradley served as treasurer following the March election.
Cr Bradley felt she could not consciously put her name to budget matters that she believed were politically charged.
Cr Willcocks, who represents Greenbank and the surrounding area, will serve as caretaker over the new year and is excited for the task ahead.
“I will put my name forward in January for the role, but I am also comfortable if any of the other Councillors would like to put their hand up for Chair as well,” Cr Willcocks said.
“Personally for me, if I take on the role full-time next year, it will be exciting and challenging to work with Councillors and staff to deliver a budget that puts Logan in the best possible position to recover from the impacts of a pandemic,” she said.
Cr Bradley’s gruelling assessment on the influences and undemocratic processes surrounding council follow years of controversy embroiling the City of Logan.
However, on the topic of party politics, the new treasurer was far less concerned.
“I’m personally not aligned to any party and I’ve never seen party politics influence any decision making in Council. We all make decisions based on what is good for the city and good for our community and party politics doesn’t come into it”
Whilst a divide may be forming behind council walls, the target of Cr Bradley’s barbed comments earlier this month was not clear.
Both Cr Lane and Cr Koranski provided positive comments following the resignation speech.
“Although Cr Bradley’s assumptions about the way things travel may not always be the case, she has served this city in her role with distinction,” Cr Lane said.
“I commend Cr Bradley for commitment to not only serve the people of her division, but the entire community” Cr Koranski said.
The mayor was also seemingly not the target of Cr Bradley’s disapproval, assuring Cr Power during her resignation speech that he was doing a ‘fine job’.
The reshuffle in the new year will create more opportunity amongst councillors and we will be sure to keep you in the loop.