Gold Coast Council cleared of corruption following long-running investigation

The Crime and Corruption Commission has cleared Gold Coast Council of any corrupt conduct following an investigation spanning almost a year and a half.

But it has referred Mayor Tom Tate to the Office of the Independent Assessor.

Operation Yabber has been running since August 2018 with the CCC looking into senior employees and councillors at Gold Coast City Council.


It follows a series of allegations of corrupt conduct including:

  • Failing to declare conflicts of interest across various issues involving numerous councillors and staff
  • Voting on proposals when gifts and benefits were received from proposal applicants
  • Voting on proposals while having a material interest in the outcome
  • Acting in conflict with council policies and procedures
  • Providing misleading information to council for self-benefit
  • Misusing council funds
  • Allegations relating to decisions involving Black Swan Lake and the Waterglow developments.

Council had already been cleared earlier this year in relation to allegations surrounding Black Swan Lake and the Waterglow Developments.

The CCC says it had conducted a number of interviews in relation to the other allegations but has not identified any evidence to support allegations of corrupt conduct that would warrant criminal charges and will not take any further action against any Councillor.

However Mayor Tom Tate has been referred to Office of the Independent Assessor over allegations he failed to meet some obligations.

It has also recommended disciplinary action against one employee.

A full report into the investigation is expected to be released in the new year.