Queensland Local Government Minister and Cairns MP, Desley Boyle, has resigned from Cabinet, and has said she would not contest the next election, which is due to be held in March 2012

“I assure the people of Cairns that I will represent their interests vigorously over the year ahead and make sure to do all I can for Cairns before this term of Government comes to an end,” Ms Boyle said.

"This is indeed how I wish to finish up my political years by concentrating on the city I love.”

Ms Boyle was elected to Parliament in 1998. Her current portfolios are Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

Ms Boyle was not the only Minister to resign from Cabinet - she was joined by Public Works Minister and Rockhampton MP, Robert Schwarten. He told State Parliament he would tender his resignation on Monday and would not contest the next election.