Redland mayor Karen Williams does not know whether Parliament allegations will be raised at a council meeting

MAYOR Karen Williams does not know if allegations made in state Parliament about Cr Rowanne McKenzie will be aired at the next council meeting.

ALLEGATIONS: Redland Mayor Karen Williams will not say whether allegations about Cr Rowanne McKenzie will be raised in council chambers at the next meeting.

ALLEGATIONS: Redland Mayor Karen Williams will not say whether allegations about Cr Rowanne McKenzie will be raised in council chambers at the next meeting.


Redlands MP Kim Richards told Parliament last week that a fake email and Facebook account had been used in a smear campaign against Cr Lance Hewlett's wife ahead of the March council election last year.

Ms Richards said police traced the IP address of the computer used to create the fake accounts, which were listed under the alias Scarlett Rivers, to Cr McKenzie's home.

She told the house the account had been used to send messages to Mrs Hewlett's kindergarten employer, claiming she had posted unauthorised images of students on social media.

Cr Williams said she had spoken with council chief executive Andrew Chesterman and asked him to remind councillors of their responsibilities under the Local Government Act and code of conduct.

She said she could not say if the issue would be raised at the next council meeting because she did not put the agenda together.

"The allegations date back to the last council election before the person in question was even a councillor, which means neither council or the state government has any jurisdiction, only the police do," she said.

Cr Williams would not say whether she had spoken with Cr McKenzie about the allegations made by Ms Richards.

TheRedland City Bulletin has tried to contact Cr McKenzie by phone, text and email to respond but she has not returned calls.

Cr Adelia Berridge said candidates had to complete an online training course about how to conduct themselves on social media before they could run in the election.

"Every single person who was nominated as a councillor, including those who were already sitting councillors, had to sit the social media and code of conduct," she said.

"It talked about governance, communication and how to use emails.

"... It was strict, and the purpose of it was that you were fully aware of your responsibilities and role as a community leader."

Mrs Hewlett ran as an independent in the seat of Redlands during the 2015 state election.

Her brother Peter Dowling, who held the seat for about six years, was dropped by the LNP in 2014 after being caught up in a texting scandal.

He ran again at the 2017 state election as an independent but was unsuccessful.

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