Sydney council controlled by ‘junta’: ICAC

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A Sydney Planning Director was told that he could be fired because two governing advisors felt he was not helpful when asked for certain things that were done. A corruption study has heard.

Canterbury City Council general manager Jim Montague warned Marcelo Occhiuzzi in 2014 that he had to "turn things around" in the midst of growing junta with "junta" – referring to councilor Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi.

Mr. Hawatt, Azzi and Montague are at the heart of a study conducted by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

According to diaries that were submitted to the question on Tuesday, Mr Montague told Mr Occhiuzzi that he had "no choice" but to consider not renewing his contract.

"He said that the political environment had changed dramatically over the last 12 months. He said that" junta "was in control and that the mayor was a passenger," said the notes.

"GM said I needed to turn things around.

" I said my privacy was very important to me, and if I did not bend enough, I cost my job. That's how it was. "

Occhiuzzi told the hearing, he felt pressured, and his recommendations were constantly undermined and undermined. He finally concluded in late 2014.

His replacement as Planning Director, Spiro Stavis, [19659000] Recruiter Judith Carpenter told the question she was "spoiled" by the recruitment process, including "unusual" interview process with the mayor, Mr. Montague, Mr. Hawatt and Mr. Azz.

"There was one more of the more dysfunctional interview processes I've ever been through, "said Mrs. Carpenter.

" aggressive "and" contradictory "to other candidates, and were only interested in whether they would do what the general manager said. told.

After finding out, Stavis got the job against her warnings, Carpenter said she felt "crushed" and called Mr. Montague – as she had known for a decade. "

" He said deeply t: "I have made an appointment," she said to the hearing, adding that she did not know what agreement was.

On Monday, the survey heard that Mr Hawatt allegedly received Ed $ 300,000 from associates of his son-in-law, Tala El Badar, as he used to buy a unit in Queensland.

Adviser, assisting the investigation, David Buchanan SC, said the payment was reported to be an option fee or deposit for a property he owned in Kingswood.

Mr El Badar and the others resigned later from the purchase. The following buyers paid a fee of USD 30,000.

The query continues.

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