Tamborine Mountain Councillor Derek Swanborough has resigned.
He announced his resignation, effective immediately, at the 21 February Scenic Rim Regional Council Ordinary meeting and left the room straight after.
“This is a decision I am most reluctant to make but I have regretfully come to the view that I am unable to provide the level of service to my constituents that they deserve,” he said.
“One issue that has precipitated my decision is the unprecedented level of internally generated OIA complaints – 70 plus at last count, and I might add I received another one yesterday – that have been levelled against me… It is in the public interest that I resign now to trigger a by-election in my division.”
Mr Swanborough served one term from 2008-2012 and was re-elected in 2020. He spoke up on many matters including advocating to shift Division 1 to Gold Coast City Council.
His local government career started in 1977 as an Ipswich City Council construction labourer during uni holidays and held Director and Executive Manager roles in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales over 25 years. He was Corporate Services Director of Beaudesert Shire Council for 16 years.
Long-serving Division 6 Cr Duncan McInnes OAM told the Beaudesert Bulletin the resignation did not come as a shock.
“It’s not totally surprising to me, because he’s been under a fair bit of pressure,” he said.
“I don’t always agree with Derek, but I do thank him for his contributions. I think a lot of people underestimate what goes on and it takes its toll whether you’re a prime minister, member of parliament or local councillor.”