Former Newman minister among three new LNP councillors to sit in City Hall


“These are unelected people appointed by the LNP and I think the public would be disappointed they didn’t get a chance to have a say,” Mr Harding said.

“I think they would have hoped the councillors they elected would have stayed the whole term.”

Ms Davis, a former state MP, was also the Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Minister in the Campbell Newman-led LNP state government.

Greenslopes resident Fiona Cunningham is a former journalist who has worked in the public sector and marketing, including a stint in the council as a policy liaison officer during the Newman council administration.

James Mackay is a small business owner and former Army Reservist, who unsuccessfully ran for the then-Liberal Party in the state seat of Mt Coot-tha in 2006.

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Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said it was an “incredible honour” represent Brisbane residents in council.

“Fiona, Tracy and James have been strong advocates for their communities for many years and I’m confident they will be able to continue their positive track record as local councillors,” he said.

“Representing local residents as a councillor for Australia’s largest local government is an incredible honour and I look forward to working with each of them to build the infrastructure their suburbs need while protecting our unique lifestyle, local green space and parks.”

Cr Wyndham was elected to Brisbane City Council in 2004. The former teacher served on several committees under lord mayor Graham Quirk.

Cr McKenzie was elected in 2008, originally for Holland Park Ward, serving on the public and active transport committee from 2016. He was elected to the new Coorparoo Ward that same year.

But Mr Harding said it was disappointing the selections to replace outgoing councillors had been made within the 12 months before the council election.

Mr Harding said the “recycling” of an LNP minister from the “cuts and chaos” Newman ministry was symbolic of the LNP council losing steam.

Federal candidate for the seat of Moreton Angela Owen (Calamvale), who was replaced as council chair this week by Andrew Wines (Enoggera), has not resigned from council.

Cr Simmonds pledged to resign when the federal election was called as he campaigns for the seat of Ryan against sitting MP Jane Prentice.

Labor had already announced Matthew Campbell for Coorparoo and Liam Culverhouse for McDowall as their candidates.

An announcement about Labor’s candidate for Walter Taylor is expected in the coming days.

Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council.

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