Investigation related to Bass Coast Councillor Cr Les Larke concluded

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 10:40 pm

The Local Government Inspectorate has concluded its investigation related to Bass Coast councillor Les Larke.

A complainant alleged that Cr Larke attempted to bribe fellow councillors in order to secure nomination as mayor for Bass Coast Shire Council in breach of section 76D of the Local Government Act 1989. This occurred at the councillor only meeting held on 31 October 2018.

The complaint alleges that Cr Larke offered each ward $5 million in exchange for the vote as mayor.

The investigation did not find evidence that Cr Larke had misused his position in breach of section 76D(2) of the Act.

The Inspectorate will take no further action in this matter.