ICAC to hold public inquiry into corruption allegations involving Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council
Friday 17 February 2012
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry commencing on Monday 27 February 2012 as part of an investigation it is conducting into allegations of corrupt conduct concerning former chairperson of the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council, Ron Mason, former Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council coordinator, Ken Foster, and former and current Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Vanessa Mason.
It is alleged that between March 2005 and April 2006, Mr Mason and Mr Foster received corrupt benefits from Fortunato (Lucky) Gattellari in return for facilitating negotiations between the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council, Mr Gattellari, Ron Medich Developments Pty Ltd and Waterview Developments Pty Ltd.
The Commission is also investigating an allegation that between January 2008 and April 2010, Ms Mason received corrupt benefits from Mr Gattellari in return for facilitating negotiations between the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council, Mr Gattellari and Waterview Developments Pty Ltd.
The public inquiry will start at 10:00 am and will be held in the Commission's hearing room at Level 21, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. ICAC Assistant Commissioner, Ms Theresa Hamilton, will preside at the public inquiry, which is expected to continue for between three and five days.
ICAC's Manager Communications & Media, Nicole Thomas (02) 8281 5799 / 0417 467 801