Palmer accuses council of shooting deer

Palmer accuses council of shooting deer Courtesy:9 News

Clive Palmer has refused to back down over accusations Gold Coast council officers used “high-powered rifles” to kill deer on his land and sold the meat to local restaurants.

The Queensland businessman unleased a tirade about the “potentially murderous actions” on his Facebook page on Saturday morning.

Mr Palmer said staff and consultants observed the officers entering his property, killing the livestock and “endangering human life”.

 “They removed the carcasses of at least 10 red deer from inside my property boundary and investigations have revealed they sold the meat from those animals to Gold Coast restaurants at up to $40 per kilogram,” he said.

Mr Palmer accused council officers of endangering the lives of his children.

“Small children and families should be able to play in their backyard without fear the government will fire guns in or on their property,” he said.

Mr Palmer said he would contact police and pursue the matter through the courts and also threatened to return to politics if no action was taken to investigate.

Mayor Tom Tate denied officers had been shooting deer on his land.

Mr Palmer said he was “convinced” Mr Tate and the council had told the truth, but that they had been misled.

“I’m also convinced they have been unknowingly misled by council officers who have discharged high powered rifles in residential areas for their own criminal purposes,” he said.

“My staff and other witnesses will co-operate with the council and support Tom Tate’s leadership to ensure the safety of all the residents of the Gold Coast.”