Environment Southland to release report

03:02, Nov 27 2012

Environment Southland will tomorrow release findings of its audit of it compliance divisions processes tomorrow.

Council chief executive Rob Phillips will hold a press conference at 2.15pm to release the reoprt.

Environment Southland's move to call for an independent legal audit of its compliance processes follows stories in the Southland Times involving two separate incidents.

One concerned allegations that council compliance officer Chris McMillan altered a statement by police after a stock truck sting; and the other where senior Invercargill lawyer Rex Chapman told the Times Mr McMillan effectively acknowledged under cross- examination in court that the council's original written case against a farm owner and manager it was prosecuting contained statements that were not true.

Copies of the report will available at 2pm for people attending the conference and then it will be avilable online at www.es.govt.nz at the end of the conference.

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