Gold Coast deputy mayor Donna Gates says the "clunkiness" of new local government laws is behind her decision to step down from the council's planning committee.
Cr Gates quit as the deputy chair of the Economy, Planning and Environment Committee at a full council meeting on Tuesday.
Her decision came a day after councillors were briefed about conflict of interest reporting procedures, enacted in new laws put in place by the state government earlier this month.
“It’s entirely based on the clunkiness of the new legislation which will delay meeting process times,” Cr Gates told reporters.
“There is now a need to identify not only any perceived conflict of interest but the details of those conflicts and I think, as everybody is aware, I’ve been a good fundraiser – all within the law – but it now makes it very time consuming.
“I don’t want my colleagues to have to sit through time-consuming declarations that delay their community involvement.”
The new laws were introduced in the wake of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Operation Belcarra which has investigated several southeast Queensland councils including the Gold Coast City Council.
Cr Gates gave evidence at Belcarra hearings last year and has faced criticism about decisions relating to donors being compromised, after she received more than $170,000 before the 2016 election.
She denied her decision to quit the planning committee after 11 years had been prompted by guilt or fear over possible CCC action against her.
“(I’ve had) no contact at all from the CCC since Belcarra,” Cr Gates said.
“I have absolutely no guilt associated with any part of my representation for this city for 11 years.”
Cr Gates represents the northernmost division of the city council, which takes in several fast-growing suburbs such as Upper Coomera, Pimpama and Ormeau.
Cr Gates will retain her position as deputy mayor.
Councillor Gail O’Neill takes over as deputy chair of the committee with councillor Glenn Tozer to replace Gates.