Mayor allegedly battling cancer
TIGHT-LIPPED Gladstone Regional Council has refused to answer questions in relation to whether Mayor George Creed will return to his duties next week after taking six weeks sick leave.
Information given to The Observer by reliable sources confirmed the mayor was battling cancer and was due back to duties on Monday.
However, an invitation issued by the council for an official opening ceremony to occur next Wednesday raised speculation as to whether Cr Creed would return to his duties next week.
In a statement issued by the council on July 26, chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski confirmed that the mayor had sought a suspension of his council salary until his return, which was expected to be Monday.
The July statement only stated Cr Creed required the leave, on advice from his doctors, to recover from recent treatment for illness.
The council refused to answer any questions in relation to the community leader yesterday.
The invitation listed Acting Mayor Gail Sellers as the officiator of Wednesday’s opening of the All Ages Activity Areas at Lions Park.
Sources said it was believed Cr Creed would be making an apology for Tuesday’s council meeting, or another request for further sick leave.
Sources said 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.
It has been said Cr Creed had been diagnosed with cancer, with spots found on his lungs.
Sources said he underwent surgery weeks ago to have the spots removed and there was a complication following the operation.
Cr Creed was first elected to office in 1976 as a councillor for the former Calliope Shire Council.