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Agencies ordered to list Sandys 360 grants

Two government agencies have been ordered to draw up a complete list of public grants handed to a failed sports centre.

The checks by the Ministry of Finance and the Accountant-General's Department must include the paper trail behind a double grant made to Sandys 360 by mistake.

However, the decision issued by Gitanjali Gutierrez, the Information Commissioner, did not require the two offices to release the records.

The commissioner has set a deadline of next month for both bodies to finish a “reasonable” search for the payment records.

Each office must also issue their decision on whether or not to grant the public access to information request for the documents.

The ruling came after a Pati request on payments from January 2007 to May 2016, when more than $5 million was poured into the West End sports complex.

The Pati query included a request for records behind the double payment of $807,000 from the Government Reserve Fund, made in August 2011.

Sandys 360 shut down in 2013, four years after it opened, because it could not pay its bills.

The decision this week from Ms Gutierrez faulted the Accountant-General's office for passing the Pati request over to the Ministry of Finance without first checking if it held the relevant records.

The department also failed to notify the Pati applicant that the ministry might have held the Sandys 360 records.

Ms Gutierrez's decision, issued on Monday, ordered both offices to check for records and give a new decision on whether to grant access before September 9.

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Published August 08, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated August 08, 2019 at 9:28 am)

Agencies ordered to list Sandys 360 grants

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