Former Melbourne City Council candidate accepts diversion

Former Melbourne council candidate given diversion on charges of unlawful nomination and false declaration.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at 4:48 am

Ms Brooke Wandin, represented by Paul Galbally from Galbally & O’Bryan, appeared for a diversion hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court on charges of unlawful nomination and false declaration on Tuesday 6 June.

This hearing followed an investigation by the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, the integrity agency for local government in Victoria, after the 2016 Melbourne City Council elections.

Ms Wandin was granted a diversion with no criminal conviction recorded. No application for legal costs was sought from the defendant. The format of the diversion will be decided by the court.

Acting Chief Municipal Inspector Ross Millard said the diversion was a suitable outcome considering the level of assistance from Ms Wandin during the Inspectorate’s investigation.

“Ms Wandin fully cooperated with the Inspectorate and took responsibility for her actions. The diversion process was appropriate in this circumstance,” Mr Millard said.

Ms Wandin’s co-accused, Richard Foster, is due to appear at Melbourne’s Magistrates Court for a contest mention on Tuesday 18 July.