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

Rocky MP out for blood over ex Main Roads man's sacking

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne has vowed to find the person responsible for Terry Hill's sacking.

Mr Hill was dumped from his position as CQ's Main Roads regional director earlier this year despite being rated at the top of the field for reappointment.

Mr Hill lost his job in June, a few weeks after ex-Labor MP Robert Schwarten and former Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter gatecrashed the Gracemere Overpass ribbon cutting ceremony at the last moment at the invitation of Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow.

The LNP has denied the incident was connected with Mr Hill's sacking.

Yesterday Mr Byrne fronted the media and said his animated crusade to find out what happened with Mr Hill's position wasn't a political endeavour.

 

"I'm upset because the working life and career of a hard-working, wholly professional member of our community and a great regional manager has been trashed with no real and rational explanation," Mr Byrne said.

"I find it incredible that a minister and/or his office would be consumed by such minutiae and such pettiness.''

Right to Information documents Mr Byrne has received show how Mr Hill had been rated equal-first on a merit-based selection process for the regional director's position.

Other documents showed an internal email from Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson's department asking for three names - Mr Schwarten, ex-Labor MP Paul Hoolihan and Mr Carter - to be struck off the invitation list to the overpass opening.

Yesterday, a spokesman for Mr Emerson admitted a senior member of the minister's officer made recommendations to scratch the three.

He said it was the Transport and Main Roads Department that made the decision not to proceed with Mr Hill's appointment to CQ Main Roads regional director.

Member for Keppel, Bruce Young, yesterday said the Main Roads regional director's assistant phoned and asked whether Mr Carter, Mr Schwarten and Mr Hoolihan should be invited.

"I said that would not be my decision, it would be a decision he (regional director) would have to put to the department," Mr Young said. "Having said that, I did not have any influence at any level in the decision of whether or not they were there.

"In my speech on the day, I acknowledged Mr Schwarten and Mr Carter ... "

Overpass ribbon cutting: Cr Margaret Strelow calls Brad Carter and Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Gracemere overpass.
Overpass ribbon cutting: Cr Margaret Strelow calls Brad Carter and Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Gracemere overpass.