Mayor quashes ‘I quit’ rumours

MAYOR Peter Blundell says reports this week of his imminent departure from office are an exaggeration.

Rumour had it that Cr Blundell, who has been on leave this week having treatment for a non-life threatening medical condition, was either on indefinite leave or was about to announce his resignation.

But in a statement released yesterday the mayor emphatically denied any such suggestions, saying he would be back at work bright and early on Monday, before a short Easter break.

Cr Blundell was diagnosed earlier this year with sarcoidosis, a non-cancerous condition in which abnormal nodules appear in the body's tissues, most commonly the lungs or lymph nodes, with most people recovering within three years of diagnosis.

It came after Cr Blundell's heart surgery in December, after a scare following his singing performance at the Carols in the Park event in Warwick's Leslie Park.

Speaking yesterday from Brisbane where he has been receiving further sarcoidosis treatment, Cr Blundell said it was "progressing very well" and quashed the rumours he was not returning to the mayoral chair.

"These rumours probably arise because I have been away periodically and I will be taking a break over Easter," he said.

"However I will be back to work again after Easter and of course taking part in Anzac Day services," he said.

Cr Blundell said he and his partner Sarah Reeves and his family received confirmation of the sarcoidosis diagnosis in February.

"With careful management, the condition is easily treatable with steroids," he told the Daily News.

"Again I appreciate that many rumours may have circulated in the community and that many people may have been curious to know what was happening.

"I can assure everyone that I will be around for a while longer and that my health will be back to normal in a matter of weeks."

The mayor's return coincides with the start of the annual budget deliberations, with next financial year's budget due to be brought down by the end of July.

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