Arcadia dumping matter referred to ICAC

INVESTIGATION: Philip Ruddock, who was elected as Hornsby mayor at the September 9 council election, has referred a matter involving the council to ICAC. Picture: Geoff Jones

INVESTIGATION: Philip Ruddock, who was elected as Hornsby mayor at the September 9 council election, has referred a matter involving the council to ICAC. Picture: Geoff Jones

HORNSBY Council has referred the possible illegal dumping at Geelans Road, Arcadia to ICAC due to corruption allegations.

The council commenced investigations earlier this month after concerns from residents and reports on Ray Hadley’s show on 2GB, but has now informed ICAC chief commissioner Peter Hall about the situation.

There was concerns the site, which had been approved for a horse stable and arena, has been used for illegal dumping due to the significant amount of soil placed at the location.

Hornsby mayor Philip Ruddock released a statement to 2GB on Wednesday morning, saying the council will cooperate with ICAC if it decides to pursue the matter.

“Council takes allegations of corruption very seriously and for that reason initiated two separate independent inquiries into the approval and compliance processes at the Arcadia site,” Mr Ruddock stated. 

“Although council has not been shown evidence of corrupt conduct, given the public interest of the matter I felt it was appropriate to bring the matter to ICAC’s attention.”

Mr Ruddock encouraged people to bring evidence of corruption to him or ICAC.

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