Wave Park finding
OFFICER CLEARED OF ALLEGATIONS
SENIOR City of Melville officer Todd Cahoon has been cleared of allegations he engaged in serious misconduct and benefited by influencing progression of the proposed wave park project at Tompkins Park.
Mr Cahoon was the officer responsible for a City strategy that suggested moving the Melville Bowling Club away from the site now at the centre of a $25 million wave park proposal.
He also owned shares in proponent Wave Park Group (WPG) until September 2016.
In a statement mirroring findings from the Public Sector Commission in April, the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) said Mr Cahoon had “appropriately declared” his conflict-of-interest in the WPG to the City of Melville.
“There is no evidence of him attempting to disguise his interest,” the CCC’s statement said.
“The CCC has finalised its investigation and informed the City of Melville that based on the evidence currently available, it has not formed an opinion of serious misconduct by any public officer under the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003.”
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey welcomed the notification from the CCC before taking aim at antiwave park groups which he said had targeted Mr Cahoon.
“Using the professional status of a staff member and any public servant as cannon fodder for personal or political gain is unacceptable from any perspective,” he said.
“It’s also cast the integrity of the City and its processes under unwarranted suspicion and the entire Melville community has a right to an apology after being misled in this malicious manner.”
ORGANISERS behind a global singing event say they hope to have community sing-alongs in 20 countries on October 21, with one to be held locally.
World Singing Day has been held annually since 2012, with its founders aiming to transcend religious and political differences and use music as the catalyst for world peace.
Brentwood’s Blue Gum Community Centre will be a local gathering point for people keen to belt out an hour of tunes on October 21.
Perth co-ordinator Sue Ross – founder and director of Choirs4kids and – said the goal was to fill the centre with song.
“It’s good way for people to have fun and to realise that we’re not all different and have a lot things in common,” she said.
Founder Scott Johnson said the aim was to have community sing-alongs in 20 countries.
Entry will be a gold coin with donations going to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
For information, visit www.eventbrite.com. au/e/world-singing-day-tickets-38043490103.
Choir director Sue Ross (centre) with the group Vivid Voices, are looking forward to World Singing Day.