A defiant Luke Smith has thumbed his nose at calls for him to step down or stand aside as Mayor of Logan while he faces corruption charges in court.
Emerging from the Beenleigh Magistrates Court where proceedings against him have begun for alleged corruption and perjury, Cr Smith said he would vigorously defend the charges - and intends resuming mayoral duties immediately.
"While people are entitled to their opinion, I strongly believe in the presumption of innocence and with that, I will not be standing down as Mayor," he said.
"I will be returning to work tomorrow."
A lengthy and intensive investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission culminated with the mayor being charged with official corruption, failure to correct his register of interest and two counts of perjury last month.
While he won't outline his defence, citing the legal process, Smith did say that he was comfortable with the next steps ahead of him.
"I am not naïve in understanding the incredibly complex situation presented but I want to reaffirm my position that I will be vigorously defending the charges," he said, before thanking those standing by him.
"There have been comments that the focus and attention needed to carry out the role of Mayor would be hindered due to the process ahead of me but what I will say, is that surrounding me during this challenging time is a strong legal team, my staff, and my friends and family."