Crime and Corruption Commission investigates Gold Coast councillors
The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has commenced an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct relating to decision-making by some Gold Coast City Council councillors, including Mayor Tom Tate.
The allegations broadly involve possible conflicts of interests relating to decisions on a range of development matters on the Gold Coast.
The CCC referred some matters in September 2017 to the then Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning to investigate subject to the CCC’s monitoring role.
The CCC has since considered an interim report from the Department.
The allegations, which raise a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct, are currently being investigated by the CCC.
According to the ABC, the the corruption watchdog is investigating eight complaints lodged by the community group Save Surfers Paradise, including the decision-making surrounding a development proposed by a company the Mayor has a 50 per cent stake in.
The ABC reported that the group alleged to the CCC, "Councillor Tate did not fully disclose his material personal interest" in the 'Waterglow' development during a 2013 meeting of council that considered an application for the project.
According to the ABC report, the 56-level apartment tower would be built on the site of the old Surfers Paradise bowling club greens and is being proposed by Crestden Pty Ltd.
“At the 2013 meeting, Cr Tate declared a material personal interest because he was a shareholder of Crestden, and he left the chamber.
“However, the complaint to the CCC said the Mayor failed to reveal his shareholding in Crestden amounted to 50 per cent, which they claim is a violation of the Local Government Act.”