ICAC public inquiry into matters arising from Currawong property purchase

Monday 20 June 2011

An Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) public inquiry commencing on 27 June 2011 will examine matters arising from the purchase of property at Currawong, Pittwater, by the NSW Government.

The inquiry will examine allegations that Warwick Watkins, Chief Executive Officer of the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA), committed the NSW Government to the purchase of the property, knowing that he did not have the requisite authority to do so.

The investigation is also examining allegations that the then Minister for Lands, the Hon Tony Kelly, sought to authorise the purchase although he knew he was not authorised to do so.

The inquiry will also examine an allegation that Mr Kelly backdated to 28 February 2011 a letter to Mr Watkins, knowing that it would be used to falsely represent that Mr Watkins had written authority as of that date to purchase the Currawong property.

Further, it is also alleged that Mr Watkins and LPMA Chief Financial Officer Robert Costello, knowing that the letter dated 28 February 2011 was backdated, used the letter to represent falsely that Mr Watkins had written authority as of that date to purchase the property.

The ICAC Commissioner, the Hon David Ipp AO QC, will preside at the public inquiry.

Proceedings will commence at 10 am on Monday, 27 June 2011 in the Commission's hearing room at Level 21, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.