Wave Park find­ing

OF­FI­CER CLEARED OF AL­LE­GA­TIONS

Melville Times - - Front Page - Bryce Luff

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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474361

Choir di­rec­tor Sue Ross (cen­tre) with the group Vivid Voices, are look­ing for­ward to World Singing Day.

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