MEDIA ALERT: Public inquiry into corruption allegations concerning Canterbury-Bankstown Council employee, contractor and others starts Monday

Friday 31 May 2024

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Operation Mantis public inquiry into allegations concerning former Canterbury-Bankstown Council (“council”) employee Benjamin Webb, former council contractor Pietro Cossu and others will start next Monday, 3 June 2024 at 10:00 am.

More information about Operation Mantis is available here. A witness list for the first week of the public inquiry is attached. Please note that this list is subject to change.

The Commission will live stream the proceedings via its website,, and will post exhibits (provided they are not subject to non-publication orders), transcripts and witness lists. Updates will also be provided via the ICAC X account (@nswicac). Members of the media and the public may view the proceedings on the Commission’s premises, or via the live stream.

Commissioner the Hon Helen Murrell SC will preside at the public inquiry, and Counsel Assisting the Commission will be Ms Georgia Huxley and Ms Hannah Ryan of Counsel. The inquiry is set down for up to three weeks.

Time: 9.30 am – short media briefing
10:00 am – inquiry commences 

Date:   Monday, 3 June 2024

Location:        ICAC Hearing Room
Level 7, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney




Week beginning Monday 3 June 2024

Please note that this list is subject to change.

Monday 3 June 2024
Noelle Kielty
Ben Trapman

Tuesday 4 June 2024
Peter Anderson
Anthony Vangi                   

Wednesday 5 June 2024
Yavor Nikolaev 
Melanie Chaparro

Thursday 6 June 2024
Ivan Webb

Friday 7 June 2024
To be confirmed