Salim Mehajer and bride Aysha on their wedding day, which shut down a Sydney street.
Salim Mehajer and bride Aysha on their wedding day, which shut down a Sydney street.

Sydney developer Salim Mehajer suspended from council

HE invited media scrutiny after his wedding shut down an entire Sydney street, now developer and Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been suspended from his council role for failing to disclose all his financial interests.

The New South wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal found Cr Mehajer guilty of breaching the local government act three times in 2012 and 2013.

He will be suspended from civic office for four months.

The breach relates to Mr Mehajer not making it clear to the council that his company owned a property on 3 Mary Street in Auburn, even as the council considered then granted a proposal to increase the floor space layouts of the property.

The building's height was then approved for an increase of 13m from 36m to 49m tall.

The Tribunal found the changes added $1m to the value of the building.

Mr Mehajer stayed in the meeting without declaring a conflict of interest then voted in favour of a decision that he would directly benefit from.

The Deputy Mayor was brought before the Tribunal by the Office of Local Government.

Mr Mehajer told the Tribunal he "did not properly understand the nature and requirements of the disclosure".

"I did not consider the impact that the development would have on 3 Mary Street in circumstances where I had no intention to redevelop the property and no intention to gain financially," he told the Tribunal.

The Tribunal considered disqualifying him permanently from holding a council position, but instead opted for a short-term suspension.


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