Statement from Mayor Jenny Hill regarding the settlement with Clive Palmer

Date published: 21 August 2018

The story on the front page of today’s Townsville Bulletin by Tony Raggatt is incorrect.

Mr Raggatt states “…Townsville City Council is understood to have covered a payment of $50,000 to Mr Palmer as an out of Court settlement.”

This is not true.

Townsville rate payers have not covered any payments resulting from the out-of-court settlement.

Had Mr Raggatt, or anyone from the Townsville Bulletin bothered to contact me, my office, or Council’s media officer, they would have been told the settlement was fully paid by the Local Government Association of Queensland’s insurers.

I have been advised by the Editor of the Townsville Bulletin this untruth will be immediately removed from the online story, and that an apology with clarification will appear in tomorrow’s paper.