Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Inner West Council welcomes ICAC findings

Sydney’s Inner West Council has welcomed the findings from the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Operation Hector Public Inquiry regarding former Council project engineer, Tony Nguyen.

The Council said the investigation was initiated after it referred the matter to ICAC upon becoming aware of concerns regarding the then senior project engineer.

Mr Nguyen was subsequently suspended from duties and resigned shortly after a number of allegations were put to him in 2020, Council said in a statement.

“The findings and recommendations outlined in the ICAC report will be reported to Council as well as the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee,” the Council said.

Tony Nguyen appears before ICAC.

“As stated in the report, ‘IWC has already made various enhancements to relevant systems to improve corruption prevention’.”

The Council says it will implement all seven recommendations of the report throughout 2024 to ensure that it “continues to strengthen its governance and procurement practices and controls”.

Ten former employees and contractors for the Inner West Council and Transport for NSW were found to have engaged in corrupt conduct by ICAC as part of Operation Hector.

The Commission says it will now seek the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether any prosecution should be commenced. 

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