Operation Dasha public notice

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Monday 26 March 2018

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is investigating:

  1. Whether between 2013 and 2016, public officials, including councillors of the former Canterbury City Council, Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi, the former general manager Jim Montague and the former director of planning, Spiro Stavis, dishonestly and/or partially exercised their official functions in relation to planning proposals and/or applications under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 concerning properties in the Canterbury City Council local area.
  2. The circumstances surrounding the appointment of Spiro Stavis to the role of Director City Planning, including:

a. whether between November 2014 and January 2015, Jim Montague exercised his official functions dishonestly or partially in relation to the appointment of Spiro Stavis to the role of Director City Planning.

b. whether between November 2014 and January 2015, Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi engaged in conduct that adversely affected, or could have adversely affected, either directly or indirectly, the honest or impartial exercise of official functions by Jim Montague, the general manager of Canterbury City Council, by expressly or impliedly threatening to cause the termination of Jim Montague’s employment unless he appointed Spiro Stavis as Director City Planning.

The general scope and purpose of this public inquiry is to gather evidence relevant to the allegations being investigated for the purpose of determining the matters referred to in section 13(2) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988.

As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting at 10:00 am on Monday 16 April 2018 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 Ms Catherine Ellis 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

Media Releases

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning RMS employees’ awarding of contracts starts Monday

The ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning two Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) employees and how they exercised their official functions when awarding contracts (Operation Ember) will start next Monday, 20 May 2019 at 10:00 am.

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC Operation Skyline public inquiry to resume from Monday 6 May 2019

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Operation Skyline public inquiry into allegations concerning the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council will resume next week from Monday 6 May 2019 at 10:00 am.

ICAC brings corruption prevention program to New England region

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will visit the New England region next week as part of its rural and regional outreach program to bring anti-corruption initiatives and training to centres across the state.

ICAC to hold public inquiry into allegations concerning RMS employees’ awarding of contracts

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday 20 May 2019 as part of an investigation it is conducting into allegations concerning two Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) employees and how they exercised their official functions when awarding contracts.

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC Operation Skyline public inquiry directions hearing 29 April 2019

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a short directions hearing in relation to the further progress of the Operation Skyline investigation on Monday 29 April 2019 at 1:30 pm.

Witness

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Transcripts

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.

 

Exhibits Public notices

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning RMS employees’ awarding of contracts starts Monday

The ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning two Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) employees and how they exercised their official functions when awarding contracts (Operation Ember) will start next Monday, 20 May 2019 at 10:00 am.

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC Operation Skyline public inquiry to resume from Monday 6 May 2019

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Operation Skyline public inquiry into allegations concerning the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council will resume next week from Monday 6 May 2019 at 10:00 am.

ICAC brings corruption prevention program to New England region

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will visit the New England region next week as part of its rural and regional outreach program to bring anti-corruption initiatives and training to centres across the state.

ICAC to hold public inquiry into allegations concerning RMS employees’ awarding of contracts

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday 20 May 2019 as part of an investigation it is conducting into allegations concerning two Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) employees and how they exercised their official functions when awarding contracts.

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC Operation Skyline public inquiry directions hearing 29 April 2019

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a short directions hearing in relation to the further progress of the Operation Skyline investigation on Monday 29 April 2019 at 1:30 pm.

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC Operation Skyline public inquiry to reconvene 17 April

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Operation Skyline public inquiry will reconvene at 1:45 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 April 2019) for the Chief Commissioner the Hon Peter Hall QC to deliver his reasons in relation to two applications.

ICAC seeks comment on lobbying conduct and regulation in NSW

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is seeking public input as part of a new investigation it is conducting into the regulation of lobbying, access and influence in NSW (Operation Eclipse).

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning the former Canterbury City Council resumes 1 April

The ICAC Operation Dasha public inquiry will resume on Monday 1 April 2019, at 10:00 am.

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC Operation Skyline public inquiry to resume from Monday 18 March 2019

The Operation Skyline public inquiry into allegations concerning the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council will resume next week from Monday 18 March 2019 at 10:00 am.

MEDIA ALERT: ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning University of Sydney and contract security services providers starts Monday

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Operation Gerda public inquiry into allegations concerning the University of Sydney, its contracted security services provider Sydney Night Patrol & Inquiry Co Pty Ltd (SNP Security) and SNP Security’s subcontractor, S International Group Pty Ltd (SIG) (Operation Gerda), will start next Monday, 11 February 2019 at 10:00 am.