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Most outstanding honoured with CBCity's Australia Day Awardshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/most-outstanding-honoured-with-cbcitys-australia-day-awardsMost outstanding honoured with CBCity's Australia Day Awards2023-01-26T13:00:00Z
Welcoming CBCity’s new Aussies is the best way to celebrate Australia Dayhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/welcoming-cbcity’s-new-aussies-is-the-best-way-to-celebrate-australia-dayWelcoming CBCity’s new Aussies is the best way to celebrate Australia Day2023-01-19T13:00:00Z
Celebrate Australia Day & cool down at CBCity’s Pool Partieshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-australia-day-cool-down-at-cbcity’s-pool-partiesCelebrate Australia Day & cool down at CBCity’s Pool Parties2023-01-16T13:00:00Z
Spectacular new water park opens at Greenacrehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/spectacular-new-water-park-opens-at-greenacreSpectacular new water park opens at Greenacre2023-01-13T13:00:00Z
Better Homes and Gardens star named CBCity's Australia Day Ambassadorhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/better-homes-and-gardens-star-named-cbcitys-australia-day-ambassadorBetter Homes and Gardens star named CBCity's Australia Day Ambassador2023-01-09T13:00:00Z
Media alerthttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/media-alertMedia alert2023-01-09T13:00:00Z
Our free 'bus to the beach' is back: take the hassle out of getting to the beach in Januaryhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/our-free-bus-to-the-beach-is-back-take-the-hassle-out-of-getting-to-the-beach-in-januaryOur free 'bus to the beach' is back: take the hassle out of getting to the beach in January2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Summer funhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/summer-funSummer fun2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Local seniors celebrate togetherhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/local-seniors-celebrate-togetherLocal seniors celebrate together2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Celebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in CBCityhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-lunar-new-year-in-spectacular-style-in-cbcityCelebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in CBCity2023-01-04T13:00:00Z
Christmas and New Year 2022 Trading Timeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/christmas-and-new-year-2022-trading-timesChristmas and New Year 2022 Trading Times2022-12-11T13:00:00Z
Win for Canterbury-Bankstown Council in the battle for Ashbury's Peace Parkhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/win-for-canterbury-bankstown-council-in-the-battle-for-ashburys-peace-parkWin for Canterbury-Bankstown Council in the battle for Ashbury's Peace Park2022-12-07T13:00:00Z
Generation STEM: inspiring our kids to pursue a career in science, tech, engineering and mathshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/generation-stemGeneration STEM: inspiring our kids to pursue a career in science, tech, engineering and maths2022-12-05T13:00:00Z
Padstow Heights family lights up for brain cancerhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/padstow-heights-family-lights-up-for-brain-cancerPadstow Heights family lights up for brain cancer2022-12-04T13:00:00Z
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Campsie Master Plan wins national urban design awardhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie-master-plan-wins-national-urban-design-awardCampsie Master Plan wins national urban design award2022-12-01T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown to host live screening of Socceroos VS Argentina World Cup matchhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown-to-host-live-screening-of-socceroos-vs-argentina-world-cup-matchCanterbury-Bankstown to host live screening of Socceroos VS Argentina World Cup match2022-11-30T13:00:00Z
Happy birthday, Lakemba Library!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/happy-birthday-lakemba-libraryHappy birthday, Lakemba Library!2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Exploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitionshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/exploring-joy-in-times-of-uncertainty-two-new-bankstown-arts-centre-exhibitionsExploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitions2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Showing strength to say NO to domestic violencehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/showing-strength-to-say-no-to-domestic-violenceShowing strength to say NO to domestic violence2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
A CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barneshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-cbcity-christmas-carol-with-mahalia-barnesA CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barnes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Children and Youth awards: honouring our local heroeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/children-and-youth-awards-honouring-our-local-heroesChildren and Youth awards: honouring our local heroes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
SASSi Campsie: bringing Anzac Mall to life to support local businesseshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/sassi-campsie-bringing-anzac-mall-to-life-to-support-local-businessesSASSi Campsie: bringing Anzac Mall to life to support local businesses2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Christmas in CBCity: Joy to the Worldhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/christmas-in-cbcity-joy-to-the-worldChristmas in CBCity: Joy to the World2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Take the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/take-the-first-step-towards-singing-stardom-audition-for-tapTake the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Join the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violencehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/join-the-tug-o’-war-cup-say-no-to-domestic-violenceJoin the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violence2022-11-06T13:00:00Z
Playground upgrades in time for warmer weatherhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/playground-upgrades-in-time-for-warmer-weatherPlayground upgrades in time for warmer weather2022-11-06T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown's $20 Million Makeover Planhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstowns-$20-million-makeover-plan-(2)Canterbury-Bankstown's $20 Million Makeover Plan2022-10-30T13:00:00Z
CBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial supporthttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-awards-more-than-$400k-to-local-organisations-in-need-of-financial-supportCBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial support2022-10-23T13:00:00Z
Family day care crisis as centres are increasingly desperate for educatorshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/family-day-care-crisis-as-centres-are-increasingly-desperate-for-educatorsFamily day care crisis as centres are increasingly desperate for educators2022-10-23T13:00:00Z

Media alert

Media alert Arthur Moses SC’s independent review of the investigation into allegations concerning the Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, Council staff and its processes has been released. Yes Arthur Moses SC’s independent review of the investigation into allegations concerning the Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, Council staff and its processes has been released.  
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Arthur Moses SC’s independent review of the investigation into allegations concerning the Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, Council staff and its processes has been released.

A copy of the reports will be provided to ICAC and the Minister for Local Government.

The Investigation, which was led by Ms Kath Roach of SINC Solutions looked into allegations made under parliamentary privilege by Ms Tania Mihailuk MP and Ms Wendy Lindsay MP and related to planning matters between 2009-2022.

The three-month Investigation involved questioning of the Mayor Khal Asfour and Council staff and reviewing thousands of pages of documentation.

Ms Lindsay MP and Ms Mihailuk MP were each invited to provide information about their allegations to the Investigation but did not do so. The Investigation could not compel them to provide any information and had to rely on them as public officials agreeing to provide information about the allegations.

The review makes no findings about their use of parliamentary privilege to make allegations but focuses on the allegations which were made.

Mr Moses was asked to review the SINC Solutions investigation to ascertain whether there was any evidence of any unlawful, or corrupt conduct by any elected official, or Council employees.
He also examined whether there were any breaches under Council’s Code of Conduct or the Local Government Act.

Key findings include:

  • No evidence that Mayor Khal Asfour has, or at any relevant time had any business or personal relationships with Eddie Obeid, or his son Paul.
  • No evidence that Mayor Khal Asfour failed to declare and manage conflicts of interest in respect of decisions concerning the West Terrace carpark. And further that Mayor Asfour was not directly involved in any decisions with respect to planning matters concerning the Bellevue Venue site.
  • No evidence that the Mayor Khal Asfour failed to declare and manage any conflict of interests in respect of the Local Area Plan and the Planning Proposal as it related to Segers Avenue, Padstow and the Draft Consolidated LEP as it related to the East Hills Area.
  • No conduct identified as being in breach of the Code of Conduct, or LGA Act which could be deemed corrupt conduct for the purposes of the ICAC Act, or an offence for the purpose of any other Act.
  • In relation to the allegations made by Ms Mihailuk MP and Ms Lindsay MP there is no evidence of any corrupt or unlawful act, or breaches of the Code of Conduct/Local Government Act by the Mayor Khal Asfour or any employee of Council.
  • A significant amount of time and resources were expended reviewing documents as the allegations of misconduct levelled at the Mayor and Council staff “lacked particularisation”.
  • Council had in place at all relevant times, appropriate corporate governance with respect to corruption prevention measures. And the General Manager and senior staff proactively took steps to ensure that Councillors were meeting their obligations in respect of the Code of Conduct.
  • Council at all relevant times sought to adhere to its obligations to investigate allegations in a timely manner and to report matters to the ICAC.

In concluding, Mr Moses found the evidence presented showed that Mayor Asfour had diligently fulfilled his obligations under the Code of Conduct. He said the allegations had regrettably cast a shadow over the entire Council.

Mr Moses said it was a matter for individual members of Parliament to determine what is raised under Parliamentary privilege but noted and agreed with comments made in a different context in a recent report by the Chief Commissioner of ICAC the Hon. John Hatzistergos AM.

Mr Hatzistergos AM reminded candidates for the upcoming State election they should act properly in making referrals to the Commission and that investigations into allegations of corrupt conduct are rarely assisted by premature publicity.

Arthur Moses SC’s review and the SINC Solutions report and supporting documentation are available online at cb.city/MosesReview from 4pm.


 11/01/2023 9:48 AM