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 Beth Morgan, a former member of Council staff; two property developers, Frank Vellar and Bulent Tabak; three of Ms Morgan’s superiors at Council, former General Manager Rod Oxley and former senior managers Joe Scimone and John Gilbert; and former Councillors Valerio Zanotto, Kiril Jonovski, Zeki Esen and Frank Gigliotti.
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.
|Report on an investigation into corruption allegations affecting Wollongong City Council – Part Three (Operation Atlas) (8 Oct 2008)||View full report|
|Report on an investigation into corruption allegations affecting Wollongong City Council - Part 2 (Operation Atlas) (28 May 2008)||View full report|
|Report on an investigation into corruption allegations affecting Wollongong City Council - Part 1 (Operation Atlas) (4 Mar 2008)||View full report|
|Findings of corrupt conduct|
|Findings and updates||View findings|
|Recommendations for prosecutions|
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|Recommendations for disciplinary action|
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|Recommendations for corruption prevention|
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|View all transcripts associated with this investigation. The Commission makes every effort to post the daily transcripts of its public inquiries on its website by 8:00 pm each day when possible. If the Commission sits later than 4:00 pm, the daily transcripts, particularly the afternoon session, may not be available until the next working day.||View transcripts|
|Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets|
|ICAC recommends seeking DPP advice for 139 offences relating to Wollongong City Council corruption||View media release|
|ICAC recommends Planning Minister consider suspending Wollongong "Quattro" development consent||View media release|