Former GMW director’s expenses labelled “inappropriate” by Ombudsman

The former managing director of Goulburn Murray Water claimed reimbursement to which he was not entitled for items including household furniture and alcohol, the Victorian Ombudsman has found.

Tabling the report, Investigation into allegations of improper conduct by officers at Goulburn Murray Water in the Victorian Parliament last week, ombudsman Deborah Glass said her investigation exposed failings with individuals and the systems that support them.

GMW is Australia’s largest rural water corporation managing around 70 percent of Victoria’s stored water resources, including Cairn Curran, Laanecoorie and Tullaroop reservoirs.

Ms Glass said the conduct of the former managing director Pat Lennon, who claimed about $40,000 in expenses while on a $380,000 plus annual salary, and chair Jo Anderson, who approved all the managing director ’s claims, was inappropriate.

“To a community facing years of hardship because of the drought and the dairy crisis, this conduct seems particularly out of line with public expectations,” Ms Glass said.

The former managing director ceased employment with GMW in late September 2018, while the former chair resigned in July 2018.

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