ICAC finds CEO of St Basil’s Homes NSW/ACT engaged in corrupt conduct in former role

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The board of St Basil’s Homes NSW/ACT is understood to be considering the future of CEO Spiro Stavis, who was found by the NSW ICAC to have engaged in corrupt conduct in his former role with a local council, according to a report published in Australian Ageing Agenda.

The finding relates to activities that occurred between 2014-16 and is not related to his position with the provider.

In a report released on March 22nd, the corruption watchdog said Mr Stavis engaged in “serious corrupt conduct” in relation to planning proposals while he was the Director of City Planning at Canterbury City Council.

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said Mr Stavis’ corrupt conduct included misusing his position to influence the outcome of a development application for a neighbour’s property, influencing a consultant to prepare a report for a planning proposals for a development to favour the developer’s interests, and editing a planning proposal to remove material critical of it from a draft report to the council’s City Development Committee.

The ICAC has referred the matter to the DPP and recommends it consider charging Mr Stavis with misconduct in public office.

Mr Stavis joined St Basil’s in 2016 and is a qualified town planner with more than 28 years experience in the private and public sectors. He was appointed CEO of St Basil’s in NSW and the ACT in 2020.

St Basil’s NSW/ACT is a registered charity and an activity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It operates six residential facilities across metropolitan Sydney and provides community based services to more than 300 home care package consumers and days centre attendees in NSW and ACT.

The Australian Ageing Agenda, have sought a comment from St Basil’s.

The ICAC report also recommends charges against Canterbury’s former general manager Jim Maguire, former councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi, and NSW MP Daryl Maguire in relation to ICAC’s investigation.

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