Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council – allegations concerning receipt of corrupt benefits (Operation Petrie)

The ICAC investigated allegations that between March 2005 and April 2006, Ron Mason (former chairperson of the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council) and Ken Foster (former coordinator of the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council) received corrupt benefits from Fortunato (Lucky) Gattellari in return for facilitating negotiations between the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council, Mr Gattellari, Ron Medich Developments Pty Ltd and Waterview Developments Pty Ltd.

The Commission also investigated an allegation that between January 2008 and April 2010, Vanessa Mason (former chairperson and current CEO of the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council) received corrupt benefits from Mr Gattellari in return for facilitating negotiations between the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council, Mr Gattellari and Waterview Developments Pty Ltd.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 27 September 2012, the Commission makes corrupt conduct findings against Fortunato (Lucky) Gattellari, Ron Mason, Ken Foster, Vanessa Mason and Ron Medich. The Commission is of the opinion that the advice of the director of public prosecution should be sought with respect to the prosecution of Mr Mason, Mr Foster and Ms Mason for various offences. The ICAC has made three corruption prevention recommendations to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the government generally, to help minimise the recurrence of such conduct.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Investigation into the conduct of officers of the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council and others (Operation Petrie)(Sept 2012) View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
Findings of corrupt conduct View findings
Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
Recommendations for prosecutions View recommendations
Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
Recommendations for disciplinary action View recommendations
Recommendations for corruption prevention Recommendations for corruption prevention
Recommendations for corruption prevention View recommendations
Transcripts Transcripts
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Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Conduct of officers of the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council and others View fact sheet
ICAC finds corrupt conduct in Wagonga LALC land dealings View media release
Public inquiry View public notice
ICAC to hold public inquiry into corruption allegations involving Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council View media release