Wollongong City Council - allegations of bribery (Operation Berna)

This report concerned an investigation by the ICAC into an allegation that developer Lou Tasich attempted to bribe Wollongong City Councils Manager Commercial Projects and Property, Peter Coyte, by offering Mr Coyte $30,000 to favourably treat Mr Tasich's proposal to purchase and develop a Council property known as the Thomas Street car park.

The ICAC also examined a counter-allegation by Mr Tasich that Mr Coyte had attempted to solicit a bribe from him, and the reasons for the delay by Rod Oxley, former General Manager of the Council, in reporting the alleged bribe to the ICAC in accordance with his obligation under section 11 of the ICAC Act.

In its report on this investigation, made public in December 2007, the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against Mr Tasich and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to his prosecution for specified criminal offences.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Report on an investigation into allegations of bribery relating to Wollongong City Council (Operation Berna) (20 Dec 2007) View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
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Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
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Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
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Recommendations for corruption prevention Recommendations for corruption prevention
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Transcripts Transcripts
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Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Public Inquiry into bribery allegations involving Wollongong City Council View public notice
ICAC finds corrupt conduct against developer for attempting to bribe Wollongong City Council officer View media release