Public notice

Tuesday 3 May 2016

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is investigating allegations concerning the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (GLALC) (Operation Greer).

The Commission is investigating allegations that, between 2010 and March 2014, GLALC board members partially exercised their official functions by agreeing to employment arrangements with GLALC chief executive officer Mark Johnson under which his company, Waawidji Pty Ltd, derived benefits from the GLALC.

Other allegations that the Commission is examining include that Mr Johnson improperly exercised his public official functions, by: between March 2011 and April 2013, authorising the transfer of GLALC funds to Gandangara Future Fund Ltd (GFF); between 2009 and 2013, authorising the payment of GLALC funds for the benefit of Deerubbin, Walgett and La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Councils, and partly for the benefit of Waawidji Pty Ltd; and between 2010 and 2014, claiming the provision of benefits from GLALC for himself or Waawidji Pty Ltd, including money, to which he knew he was not lawfully entitled.

As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting at 10:00 am on Monday 9 May 2016 at Level 7, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

Persons claiming to be substantially and directly interested in this matter may seek leave to be represented at the inquiry, and are invited to contact Mr Scott Collins on (02) 8281-5999 to advise of their interest.

Members of the public with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to provide it in writing at GPO Box 500, Sydney, NSW 2001, or by facsimile (02) 9264-5364. The ICAC will treat all information confidentially and has legislative powers to protect people who provide information to the Commission.

Roy Waldon

Solicitor to the Commission