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If I've done something wrong, just put me in jail: Pisasale

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale. File

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale continues to stare down a barrage of scrutiny; remaining adamant he has done nothing wrong.

At the weekend, the Mayor stood down from two Local Government Association of Queensland positions pending a State Government probe into allegations he failed to declare donations.

The Local Government Department is investigating whether Cr Pisasale disclosed donations received by his campaign fund Forward Ipswich.

And things hotted up even more for the Mayor yesterday when the Local Government Department announced: "A matter involving Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission."

A spokesman for the department added there would be no further comment.

If an election for the mayor of Ipswich were held today, would you vote for Paul Pisasale?

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Yes - 74%

No - 21%

Not sure - 3%

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Asked for his reaction to the announcement, the Mayor sounded confident.

"I'll co-operate with the CMC and I welcome any inquiry to clear the matter up," Cr Pisasale said.

"That's what the CMC is there for."

Speaking about the media reports about Forward Ipswich earlier in the day, he said: "This isn't about trial by media; this is the facts."

"I've got nothing to worry about. If I've done something wrong, just put me in jail," he said.

"What people have got to understand is Forward Ipswich is an incorporated body run by a committee; it's not Paul Pisasale."

Yesterday, the Mayor said money raised at his annual charity day at Brookwater Golf Club was donated from Forward Ipswich to the Mayor's Community Fund.

"The last three years I've had a Mayor's golf day with GP Events. Last year we got together and said we've got to be more efficient because they were trying to gather all the money and they haven't got the financial capacity and I said: 'I've got a great account that's transparent and accountable; it's already been audited. You can do it through there'," he said.

"Straight after the event we knew we'd raised close to $30,000 so we made a $10,000 cheque out to the Mayor's Community Fund and then we got it all audited and finalised last week and there's still another $25,476.20. Every cent, every cent. Forward Ipswich has done a great job. Every cent will go to helping the community."

He said Forward Ipswich sent out invoices to "make sure we kept an account of all the records rather than a company that was running the event". "The money was raised by Forward Ipswich so Forward Ipswich has written the cheque to the Mayor's Community Fund," he said.

"This is the third year we've run the same event; the only thing different this year we used a better mechanism to keeping everything upfront, accountable and transparent. We got that and right down to the last cent it's going across. I'm doing everything transparent.

"To all those people who gave for the golf day, I'll be writing to them personally to tell them exactly how much we've raised."

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