Former local Mine Subsidence Board director appears before the ICAC

Former Mine Subsidence Board Picton office district manager Darren Bullock appeared before a NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry to answer corruption allegations last Tuesday.
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The ICAC has released a statement which said:

‘‘The commission is investigating allegations that Mr Bullock received, or may have received, corrupt payments or other benefits as an inducement or reward for showing favourable treatment to building contractor Kevin Inskip of Plantac Pty Ltd’’.

The ICAC claims evidence during the course of the inquiry will show Mr Bullock received in excess of $300,000 from Plantac from around 2008 to 2014.

‘‘The ICAC is also investigating allegations that Mr Bullock revealed confidential MSB tender information to Plantac Pty Ltd, and breached MSB financial delegations, policies and/or procedures relating to the awarding of contracts and the making of payments to that company.

‘‘It is also examining allegations that Mr Bullock received, or may have received, corrupt payments or other benefits as an inducement or reward for showing favourable treatment to William Kendall of Willbuilt Homes Pty Ltd. It is also examining allegations that Mr Bullock revealed confidential MSB tender information to William Kendall of Willbuilt Homes Pty Ltd.

‘‘Further, the inquiry will examine whether the systems, policies and procedures of the MSB were, and are, adequate to prevent or minimise corrupt behaviour of the kind referred to in the allegations described above, or should be changed to reduce the likelihood of corrupt conduct occurring in the future.’’

Mr Bullock denied the allegations at the inquiry and a decision has not yet been handed down by the ICAC commissioner Megan Latham.

Mr Bullock resigned from the Mine Subsidence Board last year.

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