Canterbury-Bankstown Council – allegations concerning conduct of former employee, contractor and others (Operation Mantis)

Year: 2024 Status: Current

The ICAC is investigating allegations concerning the conduct of former a former employee and a contractor of Canterbury-Bankstown Council (“Council”), and others.


The Commission is investigating whether:

  1. between May 2020 and December 2022, former Council contractor Pietro Cossu and/or former Council employee Benjamin Webb partially or dishonestly exercised their official functions by using, and/or attempting to use, PMLV Invest & Const Pty Ltd (“PMLV”) to undertake recruitment subcontractor services through council recruitment contractors in circumstances where Mr Cossu, and/or Mr Webb, failed to disclose their pecuniary interest in PMLV, and/or pecuniary benefits that they anticipated receiving in connection with the use of PMLV

  2. between July 2020 and December 2022, Mr Cossu and/or Mr Webb partially or dishonestly exercised their official functions to favour General Works & Construction Pty Ltd (“GWAC”), by attempting to influence the award of council contract/s to GWAC, and/or using, or attempting to use, PMLV to subcontract GWAC council contracts to benefit themselves and/or others.

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Media Releases
Witness Transcripts

View all public inquiry transcripts associated with this investigation. The Commission will endeavour to make transcripts available as soon as practicable. It cannot advise specific times for when transcripts will be published, due to factors including checking procedures to ensure compliance with any non-publication orders made under the ICAC Act. Users are also reminded that they may follow the proceedings in real time if a public inquiry is being live streamed.



Filename Date pp. Time
14-06-2024 transcript 14/06/24 00583-00602 10.00am to 12.11pm
12-06-2024 transcript 12/06/24 00537-00582 2.00pm to 4.03pm
12-06-2024 transcript 12/06/24 00472-00536 10.00am to 1.01pm
11-06-2024 transcript 11/06/24 00410-00471 2.00pm to 4.34pm
11-06-2024 transcript 11/06/24 00357-00409 10.00am to 1.04pm
06-06-2024 transcript 06/06/24 00284-00356 10.00am to 12.56pm
05-06-2024 transcript 05/06/24 00233-00283 10.00am to 12.30pm
04-06-2024 transcript 04/06/24 00173-00232 2.00pm to 4.10pm
04-06-2024 transcript 04/06/24 00106-00172 10.00am to 1.00pm
03-06-2024 transcript 03/06/24 00072-00105 2.00pm to 3.34pm
03-06-2024 transcript 03/06/24 00001-00071 10.00am to 1.04pm
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