State council staff targeted in ICAC corruption inquiry

The Independent Commission Against Corruption will begin one of the most extensive corruption inquiries it has undertaken in more than 20 years next week with hearings involving more than two-thirds of NSW councils and an unknown number of government agencies.

ICAC will begin hearings on Tuesday into 110 councils and government agencies including the Roads and Traffic Authority about allegations staff have received gift cards and other items in return for placing orders and continuing business relationships with several companies supplying industrial and safety products.

Sydney councils involved include the City of Sydney, Botany Bay, Liverpool, Waverley and Burwood and regional and rural councils include Lithgow, Ballina, Orange, Walgett, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Byron Bay and Narrandera. In notices to be released today, ICAC says it is investigating allegations staff at these councils received the gift cards and other items from companies including Hilindi Pty Ltd which trades as R&R Tape Supplies, Momar Australia Pty Ltd and NCH Australia. R&R Tape Supplies provides products including packaging and barrier tapes, safety glasses, respirators, welding clothing and footwear — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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