specially by Anthony KlanIt turns out that the gun club under ICAC investigation was repeatedly denied grants before Daryl Maguire stepped in.
REGIONAL WEAPON CLUB at center of corruption probe that ousted former NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian had previously sought government assistance for several years – but was repeatedly denied – Daryl Maguire Secured millions of dollars in payments from the NSW Government.
Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA) had applied ‘for over four years’ but he faced ‘repeated refusals’ According to official club documents, in August 2017, when the $5.5 million grant was approved by Premier Berejiklian.
Also, according to official gun club records, the deal can be revealed exclusively. ‘It would never have been possible’ Without Daryl Maguire, the local NSW Liberal MP at the time.
The $5.5 million grant to ACTA is at the center of the NSW Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (ICAC). investigations This led to Berejiklian’s recent spectacular resignation.
The approach to government was widely reported in January 2016, but these revelations show that the gun club has officially sought and withdrawn grants since 2012 or 2013, raising more questions about the decision to approve it in 2017.
ICAC said it is investigating the period 2012-2018.
At the time of the grant and since at least 2015, Maguire and Berejiklian were secret lovers, it was sensationally revealed last year.
(Berejiklian says the relationship started in 2015, while Maguire various expressions It started in 2013, 2014 and 2015.)
Maguire, who has been Wagga Wagga’s MP for NSW for 19 years, was forced to resign from government in April 2018 following an earlier ICAC investigation into the then NSW Canterbury Council.
This investigation, called Operation Delta, revealed that Maguire had sought secret commissions from a major Chinese real estate developer.
Late last year, in a new investigation into Maguire’s extensive collusion, code-named Operation Keppel – It was revealed that Maguire was in a secret “romantic relationship” with Berejiklian from at least 2015 until August of last year.
That said, Maguire, who reported to Berejiklian, was allegedly involved in a series of inappropriate, undisclosed business deals – some of which allegedly mentioned Berejiklian in phone conversations that were secretly recorded by ICAC.
Berejiklian survived the scandal a year ago, but submitted his resignation from parliament on 1 October after ICAC announced that it was investigating him with Maguire as part of Operation Keppel.
ICAC announced that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the gun club grant, as well as another grant that includes the gun club grant. Riverina Conservatory of Music, also at Wagga Wagga.
The public hearings will begin next Monday and are expected to last three weeks.
In mid-2017, the NSW Government awarded ACTA $5.5 million to build a giant new clubhouse and a 1,000-seat building. Congress Center At their resort on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga, about 250 kilometers west of Canberra.
Nugent praised ‘persistence’ shown ‘Continually apply for funding’ on the contrary ‘repeated refusals’.
‘This project, which stemmed from the persistent insistence on applying for funding for more than four years after repeated rejections… is a tribute to all involved.’
Maguire is known to have brought the January 2016 approach to the NSW Government on behalf of the gun club, but these documents reveal how vital Maguire’s involvement was for the club to receive $5.5 million.
The 2017 annual report says:
‘Finally, we must commend the efforts of local State LNP member Daryl Maguire, without whom the project would never have been possible.’
It’s public knowledge that Maguire has been calling for a new convention center in Wagga Wagga since 2005 and was praised by voters when it was given, but the annual report shows just how holistic his efforts are.
Nugent signed the annual report in his capacity as National President on January 24, 2018.
The current CEO of ACTA, Paul Gilbert, said that ‘not available’ for the gun club to make any comments on the matter. ‘Currently under investigation by ICAC’.
‘I also wasn’t working at ACTA until late 2019, so I can’t provide any historical perspective’ Gilbert issued a written statement.
Attempts to reach Nugent, who left his post as ACTA National President in 2019, were unsuccessful.
A spokesperson for the NSW Regional Department said it would not be appropriate to comment on the matter. ‘Currently a matter of public inquiry’.
The terms and timeline of the gun club grant will be a central feature of ICAC’s public hearings.
Last year, ABC’s 7.30 am It revealed that Berejiklian oversaw a fund that set aside a “fund reservation” for $5.5 million in December 2016.
Two weeks later, on January 2, 2017, Maguire announced his $5.5 million funding grant as MP for NSW.
However, it has since emerged that the grant was not actually approved until August 2017 – seven months later.
In August this year, 7.30 am It turns out that Berejiklian interfered with the evaluation of the gun club grant.
A cache of government emails showed He said on behalf of ACTA, Maguire wrote to Berejiklian on January 27, 2016, seeking funding.
On 18 February 2016, Berejiklian, who was then Treasurer of NSW, responded as then Minister of Sport. Stuart Ayres He would respond on behalf of the NSW Government.
In April 2017 the NSW Department of Industry conducted a “cost-benefit analysis” of the gun club grant application.
Failed the test.
The offer did not provide sufficient value for taxpayers and ‘the conference facility is unlikely to attract a significant number of international and interstate visitors to NSW,’ NS department found.
Then, in July 2017, the proposal was reconsidered and returned, this time meeting the criteria.
This reassessment appears to have been made after the intervention of Berejiklian, who was then NSW Premier.
Hanger Wrote that the “updated” business case is being evaluated ‘At the Prime Minister’s request’.
Three weeks later, on 20 June 2017, the NSW Regional Assistant Secretary Gary Barnes gave a written update to a senior Berejiklian employee saying:
‘I just wanted to keep you in the loop given Premier’s interest.’
Berejiklian publicly said ICAC had told her she was not a woman. “affected witness”saying that ICAC should be abandoned “do your chores”.
That changed on 1 October when ICAC announced that Berejiklian was under direct investigation.
It was announced by ICAC that only Berejiklian and Maguire are under investigation.
ICAC said it will release a “witness list” closer to the start of the hearings.
Multiple senior NSW Government officials are expected to be called to testify to assist ICAC in their investigation.
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