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Council hit by 28 allegations of corruption since July

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council has been hit by 28 allegations of corrupt conduct since July 2017, with 20 investigations ongoing.

The council's second quarterly report for the financial year revealed eight investigations had been finalised.

Cross-checking of council reports shows 22 of those corrupt conduct allegations were made between October and December 2017.

Toowoomba Regional Council CEO Brian Pidgeon said the council had "zero tolerance" for corruption and fraud.

He said if any councillor, employee, or affiliate was suspected of or participating in such conduct, the council was obliged by law to refer it to either the Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland Police Service or Queensland Audit Office.

"All allegations are thoroughly investigated," he said.

Mr Pidgeon said outcomes would be published in the council's annual report in November.

A CCC spokesman said as there were "no specific details of the various complaints provided in (the) report the CCC is unable to comment".

A QAO spokeswoman declined to comment, citing confidentiality requirements.

A QPS spokesman said the State Crime Command's Fraud Investigation Squad wasn't aware of any complaints relating to Toowoomba Regional Council.
 


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