Con­trac­tor al­legedly bribed Ip­swich coun­cil CEO

Con­trac­tor slapped with fresh charges amid cor­rup­tion investigation

The Queensland Times - - FRONT PAGE - Liam Walsh, Char­lie Peel

A CON­TRAC­TOR at the cen­tre of cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions will ap­pear in court to­day, ac­cused of of­fer­ing to bribe an Ip­swich City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer .

Wayne Innes, 57, who ran earth­works mov­ing busi­ness Land­fill Lo­gis­tics and is a for­mer NSW po­lice of­fi­cer, has been hit with five charges by the Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

He is one of seven peo­ple ac­cused of of­fences stem­ming from the cor­rup­tion in­quiry into the coun­cil.

The biggest name has been for­mer Ip­swich mayor Paul Pisas­ale, who is ac­cused of ex­tor­tion and other se­ri­ous of­fences.

Coun­cil CEO Jim Lind­say was charged with cor­rup­tion on Thurs­day.

Mr Innes’s charges include that Mr Lind­say had cor­ruptly agreed to take money to help with a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

Other charges against Mr Innes are: of­fi­cial cor­rup­tion, fraud, crim­i­nal im­per­son­ation, of­fi­cial mis­con­duct and breach­ing bail con­di­tions.

It was re­vealed last month the CCC had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing work with Mr Innes, and he said at the time he was sat­is­fied all his

Ip­swich work had been done ap­pro­pri­ately.

He did not an­swer calls on Fri­day evening.

The mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions are dated be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber last year and re­late to Mr Innes’s deal­ings with Craig Maud­s­ley, the coun­cil’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of works, parks and re­cre­ation.

Mr Maud­s­ley was charged this week with act­ing with in­tent to dis­hon­estly gain a ben­e­fit for Mr Innes.

That same charge ac­cused the deal of fi­nan­cially harm­ing an­other com­pany, Colmine Con­sult­ing.

Colmine’s Colin Done­gan said the ar­rests and the al­leged dam­ages “caught us by sur­prise”.

“The ap­par­ent dam­age was small,” Mr Done­gan said.

He said there had been a “his­tory of mis­man­age­ment” with the coun­cil’s han­dling of his com­pany’s con­tract.

Mr Innes’s Land­fill Lo­gis­tics won sep­a­rate con­tracts with the coun­cil, in­clud­ing an es­ti­mated $6.3 mil­lion con­tract to re­move con­struc­tion spoil in 2013.

Be­fore start­ing his earth­mov­ing busi­ness, Mr Innes had been a po­lice of­fi­cer in NSW.

He was also a fig­ure in horse rac­ing and rugby league cir­cles, back­ing the bid for new south-east Queens­land rugby league team the Brisbane Bombers.

He and the part­ner of for­mer Ip­swich coun­cil CEO Carl Wulff were also among 10 own­ers of a race­horse called Wul­fies Lady.

Mr Innes is sched­uled to ap­pear in Brisbane Mag­is­trates Court to­day on the fresh charges.

❝ the al­leged dam­ages “caught us by sur­prise”.

— Colmine’s Colin Done­gan

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