Perle now in hands of ICAC

THE Perle public housing debacle has been referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for examination.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has provided ICAC and the Auditor-General with documentation in a bid to prove there was negligence in the way State Government tenders were awarded to the failed company.

Perle went into voluntary administration in January, owing debts of $1.6 million to Coffs Harbour tradesmen working on a Housing NSW unit block on Harbour Dr.

"It is my absolute belief the tender process was flawed," Mr Fraser said.

"The only way to get this out there is to have the Auditor-General and ICAC assess whether there was any corruption in the awarding of those tenders or negligence on the behalf of the Housing department or the

primary contractor Bovis Lend Lease.

"Under the previous State Labor Government the department allowed Perle to go outside of the normal procurement guidelines, during the tender process.

"If those guidelines were breached then that is negligence and that would give me the opportunity to go to the Premier and the Treasurer with proof there was negligence on behalf of the government.

"I believe one of the directors of Perle previously served as a director of the primary government contractor Bovis Lend Lease, so it's possible this was a factor in Perle being awarded the contracts here in Coffs Harbour and Wollongong."

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