Assault inquiry draws in embattled Baw Baw boss
THE chief executive of Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort is embroiled in a police investigation into liquor licensing breaches after a violent assault involving staff at a function to mark the end of the ski season.
Leona Turra is also being investigated by consultancy firm Deloitte over allegations of impropriety and financial mismanagement at the resort, after concerns were raised with the Department of Sustainability and Environment.
The latest incident occurred at the Alpine Hotel on August 26, when two resort employees allegedly bashed the resort's snow sports manager outside the venue. The victim suffered internal injuries, a cracked eye socket and broken nose.
According to several sources, the alleged attack happened after midnight - more than an hour after the venue was licensed to serve alcohol.
Ms Turra is the approved nominee on the venue's liquor licence, but was not at the bar when the assault occurred. She denied drinks were served after 11pm, but declined to make further comment to The Sunday Age until the police investigation was finalised.
The Mount Baw Baw resort is also believed to be under serious financial pressure, with about 20 staff warned at a meeting last Monday that payment of their wages could be delayed.
The Sunday Age revealed last month that Ms Turra had been accused of rorting the organisation's corporate and marketing budgets, providing jobs to family members, and giving lift passes, food and alcohol to at least 10 relatives.
Ms Turra also refused to comment on these allegations while they were under investigation by Deloitte.
Despite reporting losses in four of the past five years, Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort board chairman Ralph Booth defended Ms Turra.
''It's the resort that's losing money, not her. It could have been a lot worse. I'm well aware of the dire financial situation, but without substantial capital expansion by the government, things won't get better,'' he said
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