Police are scouring photos and videos from Mr Mehajer’s extravagant wedding, saying they would investigate all aspects of the event during which his street was closed for a cavalcade of luxury cars and a ceremony that featured helicopters and a jet flyover.
A pre-wedding video featuring Mr Mehajer holding what looks to be a gun to the camera will also be looked at, The Daily Telegraph understands.
Mr Mehajer emerged from a luxury apartment at McMahons Point yesterday to describe anger over the upheaval that accompanied his wedding as “absolute nonsense”.
As he jumped into a white Rolls-Royce with the rego 01 BOSS, he goaded authorities: “They can investigate all they like — I’ve got nothing to hide.”
He quickly got his wish as the Baird government demanded a full report on the closure of Frances St.
Residents were told last week their entire block would be closed and any cars on the road would be towed — despite Mr Mehajer having no authority to make the demands.
“I have asked the Office of Local Government for a full report on this matter,” Local Government Minister Paul Toole said. “I’m concerned about any suggestion a councillor would use his or her position on council for personal benefit, but it’s important we wait until all the facts are known.”
Auburn Council confirmed it issued a licence only for “the purpose of filming activities from 8am to 12pm” in Frances St.
“The subsequent disruption which the police had to deal with is regrettable and council was not forewarned,” it added.
The government also confirmed it would review laws that appear to have helped Mr Mehajer build his empire, which spans six companies and a row of properties and land in Lidcombe.
In April 2012 the state government amended rules allowing councillors who are property developers to vote on broad planning regulations that directly affect their own investments.
The changes to Section 451 of the Local Government Act meant property developer councillors could vote on things such as building heights, density and zoning in areas where they owned land or buildings, where previously they would have had to exclude themselves.
Mr Mehajer — elected to Auburn Council six months after the law was changed — was able to perfectly legally vote in favour of changes to Auburn Council’s planning rules in December 2013 permitting greater building height and density for the suburb’s mixed-use buildings.
In June, Mr Mehajer’s company Sydney Project Group got approval for a 13-storey building with 192 units and 16 commercial units, and an investment value of $30 million in John St, Lidcombe. The original application had been for a nine-storey building of 40 apartments.
Last year he fought a decision to be suspended from council for a month for failing to declare pecuniary interests saying: “I can’t be compared to your average human”.
The businessman had “over 30 properties to declare” and reportedly claimed there wasn’t enough space on the form for his investments.
There is no suggestion Mr Mehajer broke any law but the 2012 change to planning rules sparked concern from politicians who claim it creates potential for a conflict of interest.
One of Mr Mehajer’s companies — SM Engineering & Construction — was wound up by the Australian Taxation Office in June 2013 because of unpaid tax. Ten days later, he registered the business SM Engineering & Construction (NSW). Other details of Mr Mehajer’s colourful past include:
He was banned from serving as a councillor for a month in June 2014 after failing to make full pecuniary interest disclosures in 2012. The punishment was overturned in December 2014 and the Supreme Court stripped Mr Mehajer of three months’ council wages instead.
NSW Fair Trading also ruled Mr Mehajer was not a “fit and proper person” to hold a building contractor’s licence in June 2014 after concerns about the answers he gave in a licence application for his former company SM NSW. The decision was later set aside and Mr Mehajer and his company were granted new contractor licences.
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