Bill Johnston-worth returning to Cannington?

Update: apparently uttered as part of 6PR’s election night commentary “… McGowan not a fan of Bill [Johnston] or Kate [Doust]”…?  I personally find Bill Johnston, the architect of the failed campaign by the former (Carpenter) WA Labor govt to win a third term in 2008, one of the most unpleasant, self-pitying, argumentative politicians around. Apparently I’m not […]

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Council didn’t know own light rail plan?

Behold! A rough depiction* of City of Canning’s staff’s light rail plan….  It seems the Councillors of Canning were taken by surprise when news of route popped out at a recent Agenda Briefing. The Barnett Govt’s vision for Perth’s future transport network, Transport @ 3.5 million, doesn’t mention a light rail for Cannington, in fact the City’s response notes “…. it […]

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Canning’s fab new City plan just collapsed?

UPDATED CONTENT Just out:  last of the National Stronger Regions Fund money for councils just announced.  City of South Perth the big and only WA metro winner! Oh dear!  The City of Canning’s new CBD plan will struggle immediately…. you see, it’s essentially based around putting a party face on Cecil Ave, the road otherwise dominated by […]

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Ambitious Lib councillor: bring media, will represent?

VIDEO EXPIRED! (Jacobs’ pitch – for Parliament? Using Canning residents as fodder?) Last night on Today/Tonight increasingly irksome City of Canning councillor, and recently pre-selected Liberal candidate for the seat of Cannington, Jesse Jacobs, spoke to camera about “taking care of residents” over a tree issue that has gone on for a long time in Canning Vale. Transcript at bottom […]

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Video: Lousy councillor, Lib Party devotee?

VIDEO EXPIRED!  Transcript: see non-descript Canning Councillor Jesse Jacobs do well in Liberal Party School! Given the power struggles played out in the last year within both the WA Labor and Liberal Parties, you’d assume the public would be more aware of who runs the state – or wants to.  Not so! The West Australian took to the streets to ask people if they recognize any of […]

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Tonight: Canning becomes legally precarious?

Update: the Council waved through, without any discussion, the motion to adopt the Canning City Centre Activity Centre Plan and authorised the commencement of projects a year before the WA Planning Commission is expected to do same. Presumably the Council thinks its going boldly in to the future and “just getting it done”, but I doubt any of them could […]

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Canning’s ground-breaking animal care highly praised

UPDATE:  Brilliant new service for pets and other small creatures:  Perth Pet Taxi!  24 hour operation, several cars on road, will transport with/without owner, carries deceased pets to final resting place.  Canning’s bid this week to formally adopt a “Pro Life” policy for cats’n’dogs in its care passed unanimously at Council, received some of the highest Likes […]

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Ugly politics last year, grubby politics now at Canning?

The image above repeatedly goes up on a Facebook now being used to post community event notifications on a new online initiative of the City of Canning:  “What’s on in Canning?”. The event, an upcoming dinner run in part by Bentley Community Focus, isn’t the problem – the content that can be found on the Facebook (FB) used to upload it, which the owner invites […]

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Curtin University pushing Cannington for light rail link

Upon receiving a media release from Member for Cannington, Bill Johnston, that puts a particular emphasis on connecting Cannington with Curtin University, I wondered how realistic this call was,  especially at a time when the Barnett Govt’s just released Transport Plan is described as aspirational at best and doesn’t indicate any light rail incorporating the City of […]

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Ch 9: Canning ducks media on highest rate rises in Perth

Update:  See full Ch 9 video at bottom (Ch 9’s FB post received second highest no. views  at 45,000). Being asked to comment on City of Canning’s high rate rises happened fast – a phone call, crew arrived, Mike Nahan was door-stopped earlier, as was the Minister for Local Govt, yet by 3pm the City had still not made […]

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Canning’s Mayor loses patience with councillors

A member of the public, who also ran for the position of Mayor of Canning in Oct 2015, said to me of Paul Ng the other day, “You endorsed the idiot who is now our Mayor – now we all have to live with it.” Er, no – the problem emerging at Canning isn’t that of […]

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Why aren’t Canning Councillors voting at meetings?

Warning!  Story contains graphic images! Update: Cr. Cunningham advises she has never missed voting at any OCM she has been present at Cr. Margaret Hall chose to avoid answering if/why she may have chosen to leave chambers rather than vote  There appears to be either an incontinence issue or an issue with continence within Canning’s new Council – they […]

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Canning falling on $1.6m inquiry sword?

If what I’ve heard is true, it hasn’t taken long for the City of Canning to demonstrate a return to behaviours the final $1.6m Inquiry recommended against. At bottom:  What the Premier’s office responded with when advised of this. So what critical problems seem to be continuing at Canning? Firstly, once again some councillors are not turning up for important briefing sessions, or ensuring they […]

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Blog now as threatened as city councillors?

Is this the latest cheap disposable sim card threat sent to someone asking questions about something in the City of Canning someone else doesn’t want asked? Just how much of this is out there? Canning Councillors received a text threat relating to the Willetton Basketball Association (WBA) stadium funding bid they were due to vote on […]

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Perth Councils – heard NSRF funds may not be available?

How many Perth councils may have hopes this coming financial year that the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) will assist them in upcoming budgeted projects? The City of Canning had barely adopted its 2016/17 budget when local newspaper The Canning Times broke the news that the NSRF may not exist within 10 days – if the […]

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Threatened: Canning Councillors (over budget tonight)

In what is becoming an increasingly manipulative situation over just how necessary it is to fund the Willetton Basketball Association’s wish-list stadium expansion, this anonymous text message (believed to be from a pre-paid sim) was sent to a number of Canning Councillors today, as they consider adopting the 2016/17 budget tonight. This bullshit has to […]

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No CEO – Canning sneaks HUGE rates/budget thru?

Update:  Thank you to A/CEO Garry Adams for providing somewhat of a response to this post.  Not all of it makes sense to me – when is an expensive newly created position not an expensive newly created position?  Were other staff let go, etc?  Mr Adams’ hasn’t yet responded to the main thrust of this post, being, why is the […]

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Is Canning becoming seedy? Part one

Canning is not a council that attracts major media generally, but its been getting it for the wrong reasons lately: bugs drugs second-class NBN rollout more residents depending on Uber and taxi work to cope than any other council area Remember the rats from Hoyts hell in 2013? Then came cockroaches – which Trip Advisor is reporting has continued – […]

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Third of Canning Council don’t live there?

Clarification on fourth councillor, Patrick Hall, Bannister Ward, not residing in representative area. Thank you to Patrick for immediately addressing concerns he lives [just] outside Bannister now, after  years of residence within, a move which only occurred in 2014, the year before the election.  The Hall family is on track to move back to Bannister Ward this […]

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Canning’s Adults-only Burger (on news, on fire!)

Get ready Perth!  City of Canning is back and OPEN FOR BUSINESS! In the news today is Johnny’s Burger’s 5-alarm, ring-ding, call-an-ambulance DEMON’S REVENGE BURGER. Comes with a legal waiver… 8,700 shares on FB  from this article in WAToday alone! Mix 94.5 did it the hard way live to camera: Come on down to Canning Vale and […]

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RAC: Thornlie Spur Rail Line highest priority

As Canning’s new and very green Mayor and Councillors move to vote tonight on putting an as yet unfunded $2.25m towards the expansion of a local basketball stadium, that somehow came to loom large as essential infrastructure during the local govt election, more evidence emerges the time is right for our City to work with the state and […]

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Canning funding Nahan’s re-election?

[Edited] Is it possible that tonight  Canning’s first democratically elected Council in years may commit millions to just ONE sports group, Willetton Basketball Assoc (WBA), months ahead of its first budget, simply because many of its members were either so naïve, or so eager to get elected, they pledged support to one group over 118 others, in part because they believed the WBA could yield a […]

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New CEO of Canning is Arthur Kyron

So Canning’s all-over-the-place CEO selection process is over. Update:  Mr Kyron’s current council, Waverley, NSW, is facing merger under local govt reform (below) In what appears to have been a secret Special Council Meeting held on 12 April 2016 (certainly there was and remains no sign on the Council’s website that it ever occurred), Mr Kyron was endorsed. Not […]

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Canning CEO choosing Canning CEO?

The City of Perth fired its CEO as it refreshed its council and took the CBD in a new direction.  Quick, clean.  Done.  But not Canning….. Our first democratically elected council in years not only kept on a CEO appointed whilst Canning was under administration (Lyn Russell – responsible for many  questionable decisions since), it rushed her on to the panel that will select her […]

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$3m Elec Vehicle sales, but Canning in dark ages?

So I was at Electrikhana 2016 on the weekend and heard the word a deal for $3 million in Tesla’s Model S electric vehicle (EV) was going through.  That’s 20 cars of the future at $150k each, to power a new limousine service. But the real news was this year’s Australian Electric Vehicle Assoc’s car show was packed, from young […]

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Canning Vale rail: Believe Labor?

Or the Barnett Govt, for that matter? The Premier clearly stated in July 2015 that connecting the Armadale and Mandurah rail lines, through Canning Vale, is the no. 1 short-term rail priority for his govt.  Budget’s coming – where’s the commitment? Then along came WA Labor, with a rejigged METRONET that’s a plan, but has no prioritisation on which rail will occur when. Today, […]

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Fire CEO, flip execs, slash costs, get real?

We impact the City’s Budget Cost Impact Analysis! We offer approximated knowledge and hope it gives food for thought! Recently, one of the most powerful heads of council in Perth remarked, “… a CEO’s role is never safe!!!”. Nor should it be if the City cannot produce value for money.  Canning’s culture of in-housing services is antiquated, weighing us down […]

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Millions spent, staff dissatisfied?

It’s hard, as the community, to get the whole truth, all the implications, about anything at the City of Canning these days.  So much spin… Take the Agenda Setting Briefings (ASBs) concept, for example.  Former Commissioner Linton Reynolds hailed it as some sort of progressive way forward: the community was encouraged to ask their Qs there, instead of the […]

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Canning’s insurers abandon it?

At bottom:  Is the breakdown of the $1.6m Inquiry bill cost outrageous? In what will probably be viewed as a “sensation”, at the last council meeting held via our “under administration” status, the Commissioners overrode staff recommendations to continue negotiating on the $1.6m Inquiry in to City of Canning bill and told them to pay it. That money, it seems, will […]

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Fmr Mayor: Canning vulnerable still

We think former Mayor Joe Delle Donne makes some good points…. Clearly concerns about Canning continue… clearly the majority of our new Councillors and the Mayor will have little to no real experience in local govt…. clearly the staff who will advise them have been up to all sorts of things and frequently just didn’t do things […]

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Analytics show its political (election)

The above is from the info our website provides on whose looking at what, re this election… and look at what continues to show up. This is just one morning’s search terms, and only the latest in what we are seeing emerging in the effort the community is putting in to research before they vote in […]

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Threats, interviews, election

Is someone only now alerting media outlets about a threat incident between two Mason Ward candidates, that occurred weeks ago, because ballot papers have gone out? In what may seem a contentious Q, we consider it worth asking why, in what must have been a distressing time for all involved since the alleged incident occurred on 19 […]

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Ugly politics again at City of Canning

UPDATE: Blog analytics show a lot of interest in Ayse Martli from search engines, one request for Mr Lanza, none for Jesse Jacobs. The above came out today in The Weekend West – revelation of an issue between two candidates running for election as councillors in Mason Ward. This info is just going out now – the incident was two […]

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Labor’s world of pain

UPDATE: Reports of “red and green haired” group of young people doing letterbox drops for Lanza.  Well… he’s getting on in years and not well known in Canning, so it just sounds like more WA Labor Party infiltration to us.  Doesn’t seem to matter the candidate, just that the Party gets members on councils? We wondered how […]

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Hit in face: Basketball wars

UPDATE: The new council, Canning’s first in three years, will meet only once between the date of being elected and the WBA’s deadline on a commitment to funding up to $3.5m for its expansion, that we presume the candidates who have sought WBA’s “endorsement” have agreed to work to. Overnight many council nominees showed what […]

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Lib Mayor destabilise Canning?

UPDATE (5 mins later): Jesse Jacobs has now blocked us from putting the Q below on his campaign FB.  We now assume Jesse Jacobs only plans to use Canning as a stepping stone, should he become Mayor of Canning, and will ditch the Council if he succeeds getting in to Parliament either at state election […]

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Canning’s stability undermined?

FOLLOW THE STORY OF JESSE JACOBS DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO AVOID COMMITTING TO A FULL FIRST TERM AS MAYOR OF CANNING HERE Canning is returning to democratic governance in one month. In 17 months it may lose its Mayor. The political party memberships/past parliamentary bids inclusive within Canning’s 11 mayoral candidates, and what this may mean for the […]

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Rare: insight to Canning’s issues (2013)

A refresher article from our vault! Why did former Mayor Joe Delle Donne take his concerns about the administration of Canning, that kicked off the investigations, to the Minister for Local Govt? Just how many problems at the City of Canning were issues that came under the remit of the administration, rather than the responsibility of the Mayor and […]

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Heat island! Big Canning, little tree canopy!

The City of Canning is the 9th largest Council in the metropolitan area*…. yet it has just been revealed as having the third lowest amount of tree canopy in Perth. The only councils scoring more disastrously than us are Fremantle and Belmont. A lot of this decline is being related to infill development, of which Canning is […]

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WA Labor infiltrating Canning Council?

Update:  Mr Lanza’s speech for candidates’ forum did detail various employment of the past, but no mention of working for WA Labor pollies?  In the interests of ferreting out ALL the political parties/members currently targeting City of Canning council elections, today we take a look at Frank Lanza, running for Mason Ward. Frank, otherwise known […]

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Backlash to “green” Freo Council growing

The City of Fremantle’s council may have as many as five members of the Greens on board from October’s local govt elections. Several existing councillors have long associations with Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy Institute. Yet “green” and “sustainability” don’t mean much any more – balance, more importantly equitable outcomes, is hard to achieve, and depend upon bringing the public […]

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Canning has WORST rental suburb in WA?

Surprised to see today one of Canning’s lovely river suburbs – Shelley – declared the second-worst rental suburb in Australia! At bottom:  Two mayoral candidates express concern about infill. As reported today in Business News*: The riverside suburb of Shelley has been given the ignominious title of the second worst suburb for rental problems in Australia….research from rental […]

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Views huge, CEO not happy with us… Great!

We’re on fire at up to 1,000 views a week! Nope, doesn’t appear to be related to the “other” Canning, the by-election we’re told could be a “game changer” at the federal level. Our viewers are clicking on links that kick in only after the purpose of the article is made clear (at READ MORE)… and the number of […]

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Melville expresses support for Roe 8 to business community

We’ve been surprised at the show of support for Roe 8 from our area of the world, most frequently in letters to The Canning Times. The City of Melville supports the extension of Roe Highway, and recently addressed the business community to explain its rationale, arguing “With the road network already in crisis and current truck levels on […]

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New Council will need to grow a set…. (Mike Nahan)

Well, we think that’s more or less what MP for Riverton, Mike Nahan, said this week. Nahan’s concern about the City of Canning, particularly the behaviour of the administration under CEO Lyn Russell, isn’t going away any time soon. Nor will the Premier’s threat:  Local govt?  On notice.  Right now. And if the long-term view of William […]

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Greens play dirty pool to get Mayor in to Canning?

DIRTY POOL (noun) The noun DIRTY POOL has 1 sense: 1. conduct that is unfair or unethical or unsportsmanlike CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM seems to want power.  She’s run for elections at state and federal level; no doubt she will again.  It’s the way she may be going about trying for the top position here in Canning we’re concerned with now. […]

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Premier’s clear warning to councils…

(In case you missed it) Whereas Minister for Local Govt, Tony Simpson, has been fairly moderate in his announcements about intentions to try to control rate rises, Premier Colin Barnett today was not: Local government?  Yeah, they’re on notice.  Right now.  The rate increases householders faced, in my view, were excessive… many of these local govts are grossly […]

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6PR: Former Councillor unloads on rate rises

The City of Canning is not a council major media shows any interest in normally – but things have changed and for all the wrong reasons. Canning’s rate rises – those issued to cover its skyrocketing costs when democratically elected brakes were removed (Canning has been run by staff and Commissioners for years) – have us on lists everywhere: And […]

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Ambitious Lib runs for Canning Mayor

UPDATE:  Jesse Jacobs refusing to CATEGORICALLY RULE OUT NOW running for state or federal parliament in his FIRST TERM, if he becomes Mayor of Canning, as a sign of his commitment to the community in this campaign and to the stability of its first democratic council in three years.  State Election is only 17 months […]

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Commissioner responds to criticisms

Chair of Canning Commissioners, Steven Cole, attached a statement to the usual highlights brochure produced at the adoption of the City’s 2015/16 budget . Mr Cole should be commended for putting Canning’s true financial position on the record, and especially as Canning’s first new council in years is due to be elected in October. CanningAccountability offers […]

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Nahan: Staff managed Canning for themselves

Local paper Canning Examiner hits hard this week with its comparison of the City of Canning’s bloated wage and staff structure compared with the councils that were due to absorb it under local government reform:- City of Canning today is paying almost double the amount for employees it was in 2008-09 Employees earning over $100,000 near trebled […]

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Treasurer: Canning has deteriorated

  UPDATE:  Commissioner Steven Cole’s budget statement, as Canning’s true financial situation is put on record, HERE Chairman of Canning Commissioners, Steven Cole, issued a stern statement about Canning, its finances, and what a new council should do through the local papers yesterday.  He also told entities who pose questions the City doesn’t like that “this must […]

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Premier: 1st priority for new rail Canning Vale!

  Colin Barnett was interviewed at length about public transport projects, Perth Freight Link, toll roads, Uber etc in Ask The Premier today.  As relates to extending the Thornlie Spur through Canning Vale to Mandurah rail line, he advised the following:- …we can really only undertake one or two big public transport projects at a […]

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Canning’s fixed now, right? …so ask ’em a question…

  Let’s call it the $2. 1 million dollar question – after all, that’s what the two recent inquiries in to Canning have cost. Ready? A highly contentious ward boundary and councillor representation review has just been “concluded” at Canning.  Why contentious? we had a relatively small problem to correct, but staff tried for more – before […]

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Democracy a laugh at Canning

Democracy continues to be a bit of a laugh at Canning. The City nearly consigned itself away under local government reform, when it ignored community preference and bid to merge with Gosnells instead… Then, oddly enough, staff costs increased significantly while the Council remained suspended…. Now *democracy* seems an outright contestable concept at Canning with the way a Ward and Councillor Representation Review […]

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Mike Nahan urges Democracy 101 for Canning

UPDATE: As the Ward Boundary and Councillor Review closes, only one of the lower house reps for the Canning area, the Member for Riverton, publicly voiced concerns at the speed and appropriateness of staff and commissioners instigating attempts to get wide-spread changes to the governance model and ward boundaries through prior to the return of a democratically elected Council […]

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Canning didn’t survive reform….it just got lucky

  Poor management of the reform process by former Commissioner Linton Reynolds and Chief Executive Lyn Russell meant Canning nearly disappeared forever. It survived only because local govt reform suddenly collapsed – at least for now. However, after years of being “under administration”, the City of Canning remains a long way off from having a democratically […]

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Update on Commissioner’s dismissal: Premier speaks

  In the last 48 hours a belief flared up that Linton Reynolds was dismissed as Commissioner at the City of Canning because he spoke out against reform. The reality is that, as a Commissioner, Mr Reynolds was largely unknown outside of Canning, and almost entirely unreported upon by major media – and certainly as related to his […]

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