ABOVE BOARD: North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers and Logan City Mayor Luke Smith in Taiwan. Cr Chambers is now distancing herself from a political donations scandal involving the Logan mayor.
ABOVE BOARD: North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers and Logan City Mayor Luke Smith in Taiwan. Cr Chambers is now distancing herself from a political donations scandal involving the Logan mayor. Contributed

Mayor responds to donations scandal

NORTH Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers has distanced herself from a political donations scandal that has emerged following a trip to China and Taiwan in July with Logan City Council.

Cr Chambers travelled to the countries with Logan Mayor Luke Smith as part of a partnership between the councils.

According to The Australian newspaper, when in Taiwan the delegation visited Chin Hong Investments, which owns a number of properties in Logan, including a shopping centre bought for $53.2 million in 2014.

The Taiwanese developers donated $65,800 to Cr Smith's mayoral election campaign in Logan earlier this year.

Cr Chambers, who did not receive any donations, said she was not aware of the donations to Cr Smith before meeting with the Wen family, who owns Chin Hong Investments.

"I don't think I was aware," Cr Chambers said.

"I don't know why I should have been aware of it either.

"North Burnett piggy-backed on Logan as a part of our city-country relationship, because they had secured investment into Logan previously and we were trying to secure investment into North Burnett.

"It's no secret I met with Mr Wen."

She said current discussions between North Burnett Regional Council and Chinese investors did not involve Mr Wen or Chin Hong Investments.

"Mr Wen, no," Cr Chambers said.

"I was not briefed on any meetings but I was privy to the meetings.

"It was always completely above board, nothing ever gave me any indication that (it) wasn't."


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