ONE of the central figures behind the proposal to build a training mine near Jerrys Plains has been in the witness box for three days at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
Former union boss John Maitland has been questioned for hours by counsel assisting Peter Braham SC about his involvement in the Doyles Creek mine and mine training facility development.
Doyles Creek Mining was granted an exploration licence (EL 7270) by direct allocation in December 2008 by the then Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald a long term associate of Mr Maitland.
ICAC has been investigating if there was any corruption involved in the granting of EL7270 to a group of businessman including Mr Maitland. The licence was granted by Mr Macdonald against his own department’s advice and it was granted without having to go to an open tender.
One of the reasons given for the direct allocation was the fact that a training mine would be built on the site and Mr Maitland claimed to be passionate about the need to establish a training mine and overcome a skills shortage in the mining sector.
But Mr Braham told the hearing that Mr Maitland was passionate about talking to Mr Macdonald and others but showed no interest whatsoever when it came to the details of what actually might be created.
“You’ve made a very large amount of money out of the commercial aspects of this enterprise haven’t you” Mr Braham asked Mr Maitland.
His response was “I’ve been fortunate”.
Mr Braham then suggested he made $15million to which Mr Maitland replied no.
ICAC Commissioner David Ipp QC then told the hearing that if Mr Maitland was passionate about the training facility he would know all the detail, how many students, what cost, how it would develop in the future, what courses it would offer, where they would stay.
Mr Maitland’s answer was to describe himself as not a details man. The hearing continues with Craig Ransley another Doyles Creek Mining investor expected to appear today.
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