Wollongong City Council - allegations of corrupt conduct in relation to development applications, approvals and other matters (Operation Atlas)

The ICAC investigated allegations that former and current officials of Wollongong City Council and developers engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to the assessment of development applications and a range of other matters.

Part 1 of the Commission’s report on this investigation, made public on 4 March 2008, made a recommendation under section 74C(1) of the ICAC Act that consideration be given to the making of a proclamation under the Local Government Act 1993 that all civic offices in relation to Wollongong City Council be declared vacant.

Part 2 of the report, made public on 28 May 2008, made a recommendation under section 74C(3B) of the ICAC Act that consideration be given to the suspension of the development consent granted by the Council on 18 August 2005 for a proposed $100 million development known as “Quattro” with a view to its revocation because of serious corrupt conduct in connection with the grant of the consent.

Part 3 of the report, made public on 8 October 2008, made corrupt conduct findings against a former member of Council staff; two property developers;  three of the former staff member’s superiors at Council, the former general manager and two former senior managers; and four former Councillors.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of 11 persons for specified criminal offences and made a total of 27 corruption prevention recommendations – two to the Minister for Planning, four to the Department of Planning, one to all NSW local councils and 20 to Wollongong City Council.

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