Shire probe to be streamed

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

The Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion will hold pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions into the Shire of Ex­mouth in a fort­night as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged mis­con­duct by some of­fi­cers.

The ex­am­i­na­tions will also be the first to be ac­ces­si­ble by live stream­ing, al­low­ing peo­ple to view them from com­put­ers or mo­bile phones via the CCC web­site.

CCC of­fi­cers searched the Shire of Ex­mouth of­fices in Au­gust over the al­le­ga­tions and has since con­ducted pri­vate ex­am­i­na­tions with a num­ber of wit­nesses.

Part of of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion centres on a ma­jor con­tract for the $30 mil­lion Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre project un­der de­vel­op­ment by the Shire.

A CCC spokes­woman said the de­ci­sion to hold pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions had been made con­sid­er­ing the pub­lic in­ter­est of the Ex­mouth com­mu­nity, the po­ten­tial for prej­u­dice and the pri­vacy of in­di­vid­u­als in­volved.

They fol­low the first pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions held in re­gional WA ear­lier this year, over steal­ing as a ser­vant charges against for­mer Shire of Dow­erin chief ex­ec­u­tive Dacre Al­cock.

The ex­am­i­na­tions can be changed from pub­lic to pri­vate by a de­ci­sion of the Com­mis­sioner at any time.

The Ex­mouth ex­am­i­na­tions will be held at 10am-4pm on Novem­ber 8 to 11 at the CCC of­fices in Perth.

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