Thursday, June 24, 2021

Wagga Wagga Council former GM denies altering documents in $1 million sacking case

Former General Manager of Wagga Wagga City Council Alan Eldridge has denied altering documents that are part of a Supreme Court hearing looking at his sacking from the council.

Mr Eldridge is suing the council for more than $1 million over his sacking in 2017.

His four-year contract, worth almost $400,000 a year, was terminated 13 months into the role following an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) claims the dismissal was justified because Mr Eldridge failed to declare and manage conflicts of interest.

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Under cross examination yesterday, by counsel assisting WWCC, Robert Goot, Mr Eldridge was shown minutes from a meeting relating to a proposed residential development in East Wagga, which was linked to Mr Eldridge’s son and which Mr Eldridge had a financial interest in.

Eldridge told the court he was disturbed by the documents because he could not recollect going to meetings he had been marked as being present at.

He said he had checked an archive system the previous night via a computer at his home and noticed discrepancies between what he had on file and what was before the court.

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