Wollongong City Council - allegations of bribery (Operation Berna)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that a developer attempted to bribe Wollongong City Council’s manager commercial projects and property by offering the manager $30,000 to favourably treat the developer’s proposal to purchase and develop a Council property known as the Thomas Street car park.

The Commission also examined a counter-allegation by the developer that the manager had attempted to solicit a bribe, and the reasons for the delay by the Council’s former general manager in reporting the alleged bribe to the ICAC in accordance with their obligation under section 11 of the ICAC Act.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 20 December 2007, the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against the developer and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for specified criminal offences.

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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