Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas Under Investigation by ICAC

A Sydney mayor is being investigated for allegedly furthering the interests of developers, the NSW corruption watchdog announced on Wednesday.

Canada Bay City Mayor Angelo Tsirekas is under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, which will hold a series of public hearings later this month.

The ICAC will investigate whether Mr. Tsirekas partially exercised his official duties to further the interests of a number of companies and individuals, without properly disclosing conflicts of interest.

Camera iconThe Mayor of the City of Canada Bay, Angelo Tsirekas, is under investigation by the ICAC. Sam Ruttyn Credit: News Corp Australia

Another allegation under investigation is whether Mr. Tsirekas sought or accepted benefits, including flights and accommodation abroad, from people with interests in planning matters.

Attorney Jamie Darams will serve as counsel assisting the commission and ICAC Commissioner Peter Hall will preside over the hearings.

Hearings will continue for four weeks, starting April 26.

Mr. Tsirekas was re-elected mayor of City of Canada Bay for the fifth time in December.

He previously represented the Labor Party, but stood as an independent in the last local elections.

The new investigation, dubbed Operation Tolosa, comes after the affairs of the City of Canada’s Bay Council came under scrutiny in another ICAC investigation.

Mr. Tsirekas has been re-elected five times.
Camera iconMr. Tsirekas has been re-elected five times. Credit: News Corp Australia

The previous inquiry heard allegations that former Liberal Minister of State John Sidoti sought to pressure Canada Bay city councilors into making planning changes that would benefit his real estate interests and those of his family.

Mr Sidoti, who is now an independent MP for Drummoyne, has denied the allegations.

“Council is aware that the ICAC has announced that it is holding a public inquiry, effective Tuesday, April 26, 2022, this inquiry being part of an inquiry regarding the Mayor of the Town of Canada Bay,” a doorman said. -speaker of the City of Canada Bay Council. said in a statement.

“We are unable to comment on this investigation at this time.”

Mr. Tsirekas has been contacted for comments.

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