CCC investigators back at council offices today


IPSWICH City Council invited officers from the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission to the chambers today, the council says. 

The council has released a statement saying the acting CEO Daniel Best and Mayor Andrew Antoniolli invited the CCC for a meeting. 

Mayor Antoniolli said the meeting was called in the spirit of this week's transformation of the council when a 19-point plan to improve transparency and integrity was adopted, along with the appointment of a new deputy mayor.

This week it was also announced Gary Kellar would become acting CEO for the embattled council in coming weeks.

Mayor Antoniolli said he and deputy mayor Wayne Wendt had already met with the CCC chair Alan MacSporran last Friday, to offer assistance and discuss ways to best help their investigations.  

"This was a proactive move to assist in expediting their investigation," Mayor Antoniolli said, in the statement.  

The council says it has sent an internal announcement to all staff encouraging them to communicate any concerns to the CCC.  

"It is important that the Council executive team is in a position to get on with the day-to-day business of serving the ratepayers of Ipswich," Mayor Antoniolli said.   

"Today's conversation was very much about giving the CCC all the assistance we can, and reassuring investigating officers that our staff are being encouraged to also help where required."  



INVESTIGATORS from the state's corruption watchdog were at the council chambers again today. 

The QT understands the Crime and Corruption Commission officers were there at the invitation of the acting CEO.

The CCC declined to comment. 

Mayor Andrew Antoniolli confirmed the investigators were inside the building. 

This is one of many instances in the past few months the council offices have been attended by the corruption watchdog. 

The offices were raided ahead of former mayor Paul Pisasale's arrest in June. 

Last week, CEO Jim Lindsay was arrested by the CCC accused of official corruption in relation to a development application. 

The charges against Mr Lindsay follow charges of misconduct against one of the council's highest ranking bureaucrats, chief operating officer Craig Maudsley. 

Mr Maudsley, who has been suspended with full pay, was the council's COO for Works, Parks and Recreation. 

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