News

Corruption watchdog comes to Coffs Harbour

The Independent Commission Against Corruption is visiting Coffs Harbour this week.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption is visiting Coffs Harbour this week.

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption will be visiting Coffs Harbour this week staging workshops for state and local government agencies to raise awareness of corruption risks.

A series of workshops will start today and run through until Friday.

Acting ICAC Commissioner, Reginald Blanch AM QC, said the program provides the opportunity for regional state and local government agencies to acquire the latest corruption prevention techniques in a practical learning environment, face-to-face with the Commission's highly-skilled staff.

"The ICAC is keen to ensure that all public agencies in NSW are well equipped to manage corruption risks, which is why visiting rural and regional centres to provide this training is so important," Commissioner Blanch said.

"Outreach visits also give public officials an opportunity to ask questions about how they can best serve their community through preventing corruption in their agencies. I

"It is very pleasing to note that at this North Coast visit, approximately 85 staff from nearly 30 state and local government agencies are scheduled to participate in the activities."

Workshops scheduled for this visit include corruption prevention for managers, which focuses on developing an understanding of the nature of corruption, how and why it occurs, and what managers can do to prevent it.

Other workshops will include corruption prevention for planning professionals, designed for town planners and related public officials working within the planning system, and corruption prevention in procurement and contract management to assist managers and staff responsible for procurement to identify where systems weaknesses and corruption opportunities may lie.

There will also be a fact-finder workshop, which is an introductory workshop for those who may be required to conduct an internal fact-finding investigation into a complaint or allegations of staff wrongdoing, including misconduct or corruption.

Commissioner Blanch will host a community leaders' lunch as part of the visit, to be attended by approximately 30 people including representatives from local and state government agencies, and community interest groups.

Commissioner Blanch will speak about the roles and functions of the ICAC.

NSW Deputy Ombudsman, Chris Wheeler, will also attend and will speak about the role of the Ombudsman.

Agencies attending the outreach activities include:

The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Crown Lands, NSW Public Works Advisory, Safework NSW, the Departments of Family and Community Services, Industry, Planning and Environment, and Primary Industries, Mid North Coast Local Area Health Service, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Environment Protection Authority, NSW Police Force, Property NSW, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, the Kempsey and Yaegl Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Service NSW and TAFE NSW. Bellingen Shire, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour City, Kempsey Shire, Lismore City, Nambucca Shire and Tweed Shire councils are also expected to participate.

Topics:  coffs coast coffs harbour editors picks icac independent commission against corruption north coast



Rally Australia tops WRC's social media rankings

The Kennards Hire Rally Australia has passed the 275,000 followers mark on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, making it number one of all the World Rally Championship events.

Coffs Coast's WRC event has greatest social media following.

Leave your mark on the new Jetty4Shores

Would you like to have a say on the new Jetty4Shores creations?

Take a journey of discovery at Gallery

This Gail Mabo piece, titled Constellation, will be part of an exhibition at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery featuring works re-imagining the encounter by Lt James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770.

Exhibition features imagining of Lt James Cook meeting Aboriginals.

Local Partners

Bypass announcement won't be in next budget but ...

Cowper MP doesn't expect Federal Budget to reveal funds for a Coffs Harbour bypass. But that doesn't mean the money for the job isn't there.


Patti Smith: the mother of punk gave Jim Morrison his wings

Patti Smith at Bluesfest 2017 in Byron Bay.

One of the most exhilarating performances in recent Blues history

UPDATED: Patti Smith donates large sum for flood recovery

Patti Smith at Bluesfest 2017 in Byron Bay.

The artist performed two shows at Bluesfest 2017

Bluesfest Day 2: From Jason Momoa to Mary J Blige

Hollywood star Jason Momoa was happy to interacts with fans backstage at Bluesfest 2017.

Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon gave the festival a Hollywood touch

Logies 2017: Samuel Johnson chokes back tears as he wins Gold

Samuel Johnson named Gold Logie Winner of the 59th Annual TV Week Gold Logie Awards

Logies 2017: Who's taken the coveted gongs?

Kerri-Anne Kennerley poses with the Hall Of Fame Logie Award.

Award winners from Australian television industry's night of nights

Logies 2017: Samuel Johnson dedicates award to sister Connie

Samuel Johnson wins Best Actor at 2017 Logies.

'My sister is succumbing to the perils of cancer': Samuel Johnson

Logies 2017: Dave Hughes roasts Channel Seven CEO

Dave Hughes hosts opens the 2017 Logies.

Hughes sends shockwaves through Logies audience

Logies 2017: Stars are dazzling as the night begins

Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinnson hit the red carpet.

Melbourne's rolled out the red carpet for tonight's Logie Awards

Logies 2017: Karl stays sober to keep his body a temple

After famously being accused of being a little worse for wear at previous Logies, Karl Stefanovic reckons he is staying sober because his "body is a temple".

He's laying off the booze because his body is a temple, he said.

Logies 2017: She's in white but they aren't in jackets

She's still claiming ownership of white, apparently.

What dodgy real estate ads really mean

This dilapidated house was described as an ‘Edwardian timber home, open to your imagination’. That’s a nice way of putting it.

Real estate writing is just outsourced lying, says one writer

SOLD: Iconic M'boro pub set to be transformed

Shane Muller from Maryborough Motorcycles will be opening up a showroom and café at the Shamrock Hotel.

The Shamrock Hotel is set to be transformed in the next two months.

Coast developer looks to prime real estate's future

MANY OPTIONS: Sunshine Coast developer Graeme Juniper is considering what to do with a prime piece of real estate he owns on Radical Bay on Magnetic Island, near Townsville.

Radical Bay is World Environment Heritage-listed.

This small box of a unit just sold for $1 million

Elizabeth Bay unit has charming views to Sydney Heads.

If this doesn't scream 'housing bubble', nothing does.

MILLIONAIRES ROW: Is this Toowoomba's biggest house?

STUNNING PROPERTY: The home in lot five at Kara View Court is framed with Table Top Mountain as a backdrop.

When entering Kara View Crt, it's hard to ignore the stunning home

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!