A MAIN Roads insider has claimed the Fitzroy region's recently resigned director was sacked and gagged by the Newman government.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson yesterday maintained Terry Hill's contract was up for renewal when they chose not to re-hire him.

But the insider claimed he had been re-hired after the job was advertised, according to State Government protocol, and the department was proceeding in the usual process with criminal checks.

It's claimed Mr Hill was sacked after Labor stalwart Robert Schwarten and former mayor Brad Carter were asked to cut the ribbon at the Gracemere Overpass opening.

The moment Cr Margaret Strelow called for former mayor Brad Carter and former local member Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon of the new overpass. Photo: Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
The moment Cr Margaret Strelow called for former mayor Brad Carter and former local member Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon of the new overpass. Photo: Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK140613opening1

But the Transport and Main Roads Department yesterday denied the allegations.

 

"The position was advertised in May, with three other regional director positions," the spokesperson said.

"Interviews have been conducted and we're finalising the recommendations and decisions for formal approval."