ICAC role explained to community leaders

COMMISSIONER with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Megan Latham yesterday hosted a community leaders' breakfast as part of the ICAC's outreach program.

The breakfast at Club Taree was attended by about 65 people including member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie; Greater Taree City mayor Paul Hogan, deputy mayor Robyn Jenkins and other elected representatives and senior staff from council; chairperson Ralph Saunders and representatives from the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council; officials from State government agencies, local business people and community interest groups.

Chris Wheeler, NSW Deputy Ombudsman, addressed the breakfast about the role of the ombudsman and the ICAC's executive director corruption prevention, Dr Robert Waldersee, talked about the role and functions of the commission.

Following the breakfast workshops were held for state and local government agencies to increase awareness about corruption risks.

Commissioner Latham stressed the importance of public officers and members of the public reporting what they suspect may be corrupt activities.

Agencies attending the outreach activities include the Greater Taree City Council, Nambucca Shire Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Great Lakes Council, Coffs Harbour City Council, NSW Aboriginal Lands Council, NSW Food Authority, North Coast TAFE, State Emergency Service, NSW Fair Trading, NSW Office of Water, Trade and Investment - Crown Lands and the Office of Communities.

The commission last visited the Mid North Coast in 2007.

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