Ryde City Council – allegations concerning the City of Ryde Mayor, Councillor Ivan Petch (Operation Cavill)

The ICAC investigated a number of allegations involving the former Mayor of the City of Ryde, Ivan Petch, and others, including the alleged release of confidential council information by Mr Petch on many occasions for various reasons, including in an attempt to undermine council employees, such as the former General Manager, Mr John Neish.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 30 June 2014, the Commission makes corrupt conduct findings against Mr Petch, John Goubran and Richard Henricus. The Commission is of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with respect to the prosecution of Mr Petch, Mr Goubran, Anthony Stavrinos, John Booth and Mr Henricus for various offences.

The ICAC is of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the DPP also with respect to the prosecution of Mr Petch, councillors Justin Li, Jeffrey Salvestro-Martin, Terry Perram and former councillor Victor Tagg for offences under the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 in relation to advertising published in The Weekly Times in August and September 2012. The Commission also recommends that the Office of Local Government gives consideration to disciplinary action against Mr Petch, with a view to his dismissal.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Investigation into the conduct of certain City of Ryde Councillors and others - Operation Cavill 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
View all transcripts associated with this investigation. The Commission makes every effort to post the daily transcripts of its public inquiries on its website by 8:00 pm each day when possible. If the Commission sits later than 4:00 pm, the daily transcripts, particularly the afternoon session, may not be available until the next working day. View transcripts
Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Former Mayor of Ryde and others prosecuted following ICAC investigation View media release
Investigation into the conduct of certain City of Ryde councillors and others View fact sheet
ICAC finds former City of Ryde Mayor and others corrupt View media release
Operation Cavill report concerning Ryde City Council to be furnished 30 June 2014 View media release
MEDIA ALERT: ICAC to resume public inquiry into allegations concerning former City of Ryde Mayor tomorrow View media release
Operation Cavill public inquiry to resume 20 September 2013 View media release
MEDIA ALERT: ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning the City of Ryde Mayor, Cr Ivan Petch, starts next week View media release
ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning the City of Ryde Mayor, Councillor Ivan Petch View media release
Public notice View public notice