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CCC probes 'dishonest dealing' in Ipswich council contracts

CHARGED: The corruption watchdog has charged senior Ipswich City Council employee Craig Maudsley with misconduct.
CHARGED: The corruption watchdog has charged senior Ipswich City Council employee Craig Maudsley with misconduct. David Nielsen

THE SENIOR council staff member charged by the state's corruption watchdog stands accused of "dishonest dealing" in his public office role.

The matter relates to council contracts and the accusation includes causing financial detriment to a competing company. 

Veteran Ipswich City Council employee Craig Maudsley, 54, will face court later this month on one charge.

The charge against the council's chief operating officer for Works, Parks and Recreation relates to Mr Maudsley's alleged abuse of power to dishonestly gain a benefit for Wayne Francis Innes, 56, director of earthworks and transport company Win Logistics.

Mr Innes is also the former owner of Landfill Logistics, a company now in administration, which previously won millions worth of work from Ipswich City Council.

The bench charge sheet at Brisbane Magistrates Court alleges the offending occurred between September 14 last year and November 22 at Redbank Plains.

Another business, Colmine Consulting, lost out over the "dishonest" deal, it was alleged.

In June 2013, Landfill Logistics was awarded a $6.3 million contract with Ipswich City Council for the 'disposal of construction spoil and associated materials'.

The following April, an application was lodged to deregister the company Landfill Logistics, ASIC records show.

Officers from the Crime and Corruption Commission charged Mr Maudsley on Tuesday.

Works, Parks and Recreation Chief Operating Officer Craig Maudsley has been charged and given notice to appear by officers of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission on a matter of alleged official misconduct.
Works, Parks and Recreation Chief Operating Officer Craig Maudsley has been charged and given notice to appear by officers of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission on a matter of alleged official misconduct. Ipswich Commercial

He was immediately suspended from work duties, with full pay.

Newly appointed Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said he would not make any specific comments in relation to the incident, however, assured ratepayers illegal activity would not be tolerated under his leadership.

He said the legal process should be allowed to take its course.

"I want people to understand this is a new era of council which will be run on the principles of transparency and the highest standards of integrity," Cr Antoniolli said.

That message was repeated in an email sent out to all staff yesterday morning.

The email, signed by CEO Jim Lindsay, included a reminder that - in the view of the council - "anyone deserves the presumption of innocence".

"I want to assure everyone that Craig is being offered personal support through this traumatic time," part of the email read.

"In the meantime, the Mayor has made it quite clear that there is zero tolerance when it comes to illegal activity. That has always been the case, and always will be. Integrity is at the core of this council, and counts for everything we stand for when serving the people of Ipswich.

"This should not deter anyone from doing their jobs. We have a remarkable team of 1200 committed staff who are serving the community to the highest possible standards. Continue to do this, and hold your heads high. You are the core of this city, and that won't change."

The CCC confirmed it had charged a Yamanto man with one count of misconduct in public office and served him with a notice to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court.

"He will face one charge of Misconduct in Public Office contrary to section 92A(1) of the Queensland Criminal Code...," the corruption watchdog said.

"As the CCC's investigation remains ongoing and this matter is now before the court, the CCC is unable to comment further."

Cr Antoniolli said his office would provide the CCC with any assistance required.

Mr Maudsley is due in court on September 27.

Additional reporting Courier Mail

Topics:  ccc ipswich city council



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