The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has released its findings into a lengthy probe into corruption allegations in the Gold Coast City Council.
The investigation, launched in February 2018, looked into matters involving the sale of council land in Bundall and Surfers Paradise, as well as development approvals.
The CCC conducted a number of interviews with public and private complainants during the investigation.
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It’s believed they also had access to records relating to these decisions, not readily available to the public, which were examined in the process.
In a statement released by the CCC on April 18 2019 it found that no evidence of corruption had been found during the investigation.
“The Crime and Corruption Commission has determined it is in the public interest to advise it has not identified any corrupt conduct relating to the Gold Coast City Council’s (GCCC) decision to lease council-owned land at Bundall known as Black Swan Lake to the Gold Coast Turf Club and the decision to approve a development on the site,” the statement reads.
“The CCC has also completed its investigation into the Waterglow development and the sale of land at 72 Remembrance Drive Surfers Paradise, including the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park.
“The CCC conducted interviews and examined records including material obtained from the person who was appointed by the GCCC as a probity advisor during the sale of this land.
“The CCC’s investigation did not identify any conduct by the Mayor, Councillors or the Chief Executive Officer concerning conflicts of interests or other conduct that would amount to corrupt conduct as defined in section 15 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001,” the statement reads.
While the CCC’s investigation has now been finalised, it’s believed there are some smaller matters that have now been referred back to the Gold Coast Council for further action.
“Some minor matters concerning the alleged failure of a number of councillors to meet their obligations have been forwarded to the Office of the Independent Assessor for their consideration,” the statement reads.
“Some matters involving a council employee identified during the investigation of the Waterglow development that did not meet the threshold of corrupt conduct have been referred to the GCCC for possible disciplinary action.”
Read the full statement here.