Media statement - Public statement of Alison Hancock
Published on 17 January 2020
I acknowledge and accept the findings of the Ombudsman regarding my claims for interstate conference expenses. I regret my actions and there can be no excuses for the claims that were made in 2016 and 2017.
I accept that I should not have claimed food and hospitality expenses on behalf of others.
I also acknowledge that the claims made by me were beyond the acceptable limits of the Conference and Seminar Procedure, which guides what was able to be claimed. The expenses related to alcohol, in particular were wrong and I absolutely accept that.
I have repaid the monies to the council in full for the amount that the Ombudsman determined was beyond the procedure allowances.
I accept responsibility for my actions and I apologise to the community, elected members and staff of the City of Onkaparinga.
Director Corporate and City Services