'CCC monitoring our phones, texts and emails': Councillor
DAVID Pahlke claims the Crime and Corruption Commission is monitoring councillors' communications as the dismissal deadline looms.
The Ipswich City Council has until May 24 to respond to a show cause notice, issued by Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe about why it should not be dismissed.
Cr Pahlke, the Division 10 councillor, revealed the CCC trawled through his bank accounts during an interview with him last year.
He said there was no follow-up investigation, but believes the corruption entity is still watching councillors.
"I've got no doubt they've trolled our emails, tapped our phones and text messages," he said.
A spokesman for the CCC declined to comment.
Cr Pahlke also revealed he could break away from the Ipswich City Council and take up his own fight in a bid not to be sacked by the government.
A response will be lodged by the council, but Cr Pahlke is considering writing his own submission in an effort to prevent himself and colleagues from losing their jobs.
Cr Pahlke will argue the council has not lost the support of the community, pointing to positive feedback on his and colleagues' Facebook pages.
"I believe I have the greater majority of support in my community," he said.
"The support for individual councillors has been dramatic.
"There are good councillors in there who go and fight for their divisions.
He acknowledged the charges laid against council employees or elected representatives had caused problems but said it did not validate Mr Hinchliffe's decision to sack the council.
"He's throwing the baby out with the bathwater," Cr Pahlke said.
The Rosewood representative said the uncertain future faced by his colleagues had put pressure on the organisation.
"A lot of the younger councillors are feeling it because it's their future," Cr Pahlke said.
A public Save the Ipswich City Council Facebook group last night had 600 members.
An e-petition to dismiss the council has 892 signatures.