Inspectorate vs Central Goldfields Shire Councillor Ian Robertson

Former Central Goldfields Shire Councillor Ian Robertson was charged with two offences

Former Central Goldfields Shire Councillor Ian Robertson was charged with two offences in relation to breaches of conflict of interest provision of the Act in relation to a road upgrade affecting his properties.

The matter was heard on 22 August 2012 at Maryborough Magistrates Court. Both charges were proven and Councillor Robertson was found guilty and was placed on a good behaviour for a period of 12 months, ordered to pay $4000 to Maryborough Hospital (as a donation) and $20,000 for the Inspectorate’s legal cost.

Subsequently, Council paid the prosecution costs and Robertson's legal costs (approximately $70,000) with funds included in the council budget. Councillor Robertson voted on the budget but did not declare a conflict of interest.

This matter was then heard on 17 September 2015 at the Maryborough Magistrates Court and Councillor Robertson pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to declare a conflict of interest.

The charge was proven but no conviction was recorded or fine imposed.