Councillor defends Mayor's leave
TREATMENT of Gladstone Mayor George Creed’s medical situation has been an absolute disgrace, according to Gladstone Regional Councillor Craig Butler.
Cr Butler made the statement at yesterday’s council meeting while dealing with a motion where the Mayor has sought an extension of his leave due to medical reasons.
The council remained tight-lipped last week about the Mayor’s medical situation, refusing to answer questions about when he was expected to return to his duties, when he would answer questions about his medical condition and how it was being treated.
The Observer last week reported reliable sources had said the Mayor was battling cancer and had undergone surgery, which resulted in complications and lead to Cr Creed taking six weeks’ unpaid leave on the advice of his doctors.
A council spokesman yesterday said the Mayor would remain on leave until medical advice that he could return.
The Observer also reported the sources as saying the general feeling in the community was if Cr Creed was not up to returning to duties this time, it was time for him to step down as mayor and undergo his treatment and recovery at home with his family.
“To be treated like this is just an absolute disgrace,” Cr Butler said. “There are members of our State Government and the Federal Government that I know that have had medical problems and been on leave for periods of up to three or four months and there has not been any note or unrest due to that.”
Cr Butler couldn’t name any MPs when approached by The Observer.