Residents are calling for a Sydney deputy mayor to be sacked after he blocked an entire street in the city’s inner west for his extravagant wedding.
Nearly one thousand people have signed the petition which argues the millionaire property developer and Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer “treated the community with great disrespect”.
Mr Mehajer hired four helicopters to land in a local park, while his fiancee Aysha travelled with a motorcade of motorbikes and luxury cars worth $50 million, when they tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Lidcombe on Saturday.
Supporters signed the #SackSalimMehajer petition after they were informed last Tuesday in a letter-box drop that the street had to be cleared of all vehicles on Saturday or they would be towed at their expense.
Auburn City Council released a statement that said the road closure was not authorised although a partial closure and the helicopter landing had been approved.
The statement called the disruption “regrettable” and the council was working with police to investigate the event.
Mr Mehajer, 29, told KIIS radio station he “doesn’t think they’ve done anything wrong”.
“They can investigate all they like, I’ve got nothing to hide,” he said.
Councillor Irene Simms said the way residents were treated was embarrassing.
“A lot of people are very unhappy about the letter that was boxed to local residents, which is the biggest concern,” she told AAP.
“People are very unhappy for being held up by traffic. The people that live near the park (are unhappy) because they think they should have been told it would be landing.”
Residents assumed the letter-box notification was sent out from council as no name was provided on the document, Ms Simms said.
“It just says `management, there was a mobile number given (on the leaflet) and if you Google it, the number is Queen Street Custom Car Hire,” she told AAP.
“One of the residents rang and was told they weren’t at liberty to tell him why the road was being closed.”
Police closed Frances Street temporarily on Saturday due to concerns for public safety after a significant number of cars, motorcycles and pedestrians spilled out onto the road.
“The matter is subject to an ongoing police investigation,” a NSW police spokesman said.