AGM PEPPING CAUGHT OUT FOR BEING CORRUPT
A few months ago, I accused Mark Pepping of being a crook. Turns out, I was spot on the money.
Mr Pepping is guilty of allowing a councillor to communicate with him about a council matter. It's illegal for councillors to direct staff, or to contact them about official council business.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
I've spoken to a number of former council workers (and former councillors), who were able confirm that Mark Pepping has been facilitating dodgy back-room deals for many years (with the full support of the GM, Ann Prendergast, and two corrupt senior managers – Barry Paull and John Burgess).
As one of the Assistant General Managers, Mark Pepping is obligated by law to maintain council probity – accountability, transparency and integrity.
By allowing a councillor to instruct him on who to speak to about a potential development, Mark Pepping has committed a very serious offence.
But don't hold your breath if you're expecting any investigation into the matter. Mark Pepping is a protected species in our community, as is Prendergast, Paull and Burgess. All four of them should be holding themselves to account (and each other).
Instead, we've got the four most senior managers at our council covering-up each other's corruption, and in turn, they shield each other from scrutiny.
When it comes to the Wingecarribee Shire Council, there are no checks and balances in place. And there hasn't been for years.
That's why corruption runs rampant throughout our local government organisation.
The crooks have been given carte blanche to do whatever they please.
It's time for the Minister of Local Government, Shelley Hancock, to place our council into administration and undertake a thorough forensic audit.