Operation Blackwood was an investigation into allegations of interference in the sale of a church by a local councillor.
In August 2013, IBAC received a complaint principally alleging interference in the sale of St Brigid’s Church in Crossley by a Moyne Shire Councillor.
It was alleged the councillor interfered with the private tender process of the sale with the intent to assist a community group to purchase the property at a reduced price.
A particular concern for IBAC was an allegation that the Councillor had falsely told the unsuccessful higher tenderer that the Council would not issue works permits or allow development of the property. This allegedly facilitated a financial advantage for the community group, being a $150,000 reduction in the sale price of St Brigid’s Church.
IBAC’s investigation led it to conclude that the complaint was unfounded.