Tracing Wilma: probe into Anson letters continues

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into a trail of letters written by Wilma Wright, allegedly a pseudonym used by Jacob Anson, the son of Warrnambool City Council chief executive Bruce Anson.

City councillor Peter Sycopoulis has revealed he was in contact with the Local Government Inspectorate this week and forwarded a copy of another Letter to the Editor from Wilma Wright which was published in The Standard on November 29, 2009.

It follows numerous other letters and posts on The Standard’s website dating back to 2010 which comment on issues associated with the council.

Cr Sycopoulis, Cr Peter Hulin and former councillor Jennifer Lowe sent official complaints to the inspectorate and the Victorian Electoral Commission in October a few days before the recent local government elections closed.

They also called for investigations by police and the new anti-corruption commission appointed this week.

Their concern peaked after publication of a critical Wright letter during the election campaign.

Jacob Anson later told The Standard he was Wilma Wright, and Bruce Anson denied any involvement in the letters.

Cr Sycopoulis said yesterday there seemed to be a clear email trail between Warrnambool and Brisbane where Jacob Anson lived. “We want the inspectorate to determine who Wilma Wright is,”  he said.

“This 2009 letter is further fodder for the investigators.

“If we feel the inspectorate does not thoroughly investigate this issue I’ve no doubt we’d shoot the issue off to the new anti-corruption commission.”

He said he had spoken with a representative of the inspectorate this week about the November letter which tackles earlier criticism of  the council’s stance on proposed closure of the municipal saleyards.

In that letter Wright says an accusation by the then president of the stock agents’ association Kieran Johnstone that council was being manipulated by senior officers was “bull”.

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