Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli Steps Down Amid Fraud Charges
The QLD Government plans to sack the entire Ipswich Council, after mayor Andrew Antoniolli was charged with fraud
What you need to know
- Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli will step down
- He is the second succsessive mayor in Ipswich to be charged with fraud
- An administrator will be appointed to manage the council
Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli has stepped down after being slapped with seven fraud charges by the state's Crime and Corruption Commission, while state government announced plans Thursday to dismiss the entire council over the scandal.
It will appoint an administrator ahead of a formal process, where Ipswich Council will have to show cause for why it shouldn't be dissolved.
"Enough is enough. I'm stopping it," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Parliament, saying public confidence must be restored.
Antoniolli was voted in as mayor in August last year, after his predecessor Paul Pisasale was charged with corruption and extortion.
It's alleged Antoniolli used council funds to purchase items from charity auctions for personal use, including a bicycle, between October 2011 and May last year.
He said in a statement his decision to step down is in the best interest of the city and his family, while yesterday he denied ever being involved in corrupt or criminal activity.
He'll front court on May 16.