Turf Club board to stand down over $12 grandstand probe


Darwin Turf Club members have called for a special general meeting to select a new board in the wake of a damning ICAC report over a $12 million taxpayer-funded grandstand.


All positions on the board are to be declared vacant after club members called for the opportunity to select new representatives, after the Northern Territory anti-corruption watchdog made adverse findings against five individuals, plus Darwin Turf Club Incorporated.

In June 2019, a multi-million dollar grant for a three-level corporate grandstand at the Fannie Bay racecourse was given the go-ahead by the NT Government.

Following a year-long investigation the Northern Territory anti-corruption body handed down a report into the grant to the turf club which saw the lucrative construction contract for the grandstand being awarded to a company co-owned by the club's chairman, Brett Dixon.

The report handed down findings of corruption, misconduct, unsatisfactory conduct, breaches of public trust, failure to manage conflicts of interest, mismanagement of public resources and detriment to the public interest.

In the wake of the findings, Chief Minister Michael Gunner called on the entire turf club board to resign, despite acknowledging not all members were on the board during the period investigated by the ICAC.

Mr Gunner said the board's resignation would restore public confidence in the organisation, and that if some did not step down, he would enact laws in August to force them to do so.

Read the full NT ICAC report HERE

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