Canning’s new Chief Executive Officer, Lyn Russell, has failed to provide general public access to the one and only public meeting held to present the City’s position on local government boundary changes before it submits its view to the State.
Instead the “public information meeting”, to be held October 1st, has been reserved for 200 “stakeholder associations and groups”.
Reason? Apparently only 200 people can fit in the room chosen for the event….
Ms Russell declined to provide the list of invitees, when contacted by CanningAccountability.
The folly of this is the rest of Canning can’t even contact the privileged few who will be on hand to hear the City’s briefing on its submission to the Local Govt Advisory Board, due three days later on October 4th.
Their consolation prize will be that the City’s submission is to be uploaded to its website, on the same night as the public meeting is held.
To add insult to injury, should the public have any concerns at that point, Ms Russell advised they “make their views about our Submission known to the Local Government Advisory Board and to their local elected members over coming months”.
So the rest of us are on our own then?
This lack of consultation, representation, meaningful contact and connection with the community is entirely consistent with Canning Accountability’s recent media appeals to Premier Colin Barnett and Minister for Local Govt, Tony Simpson, here, here and here for an Advisory Panel of Community Members to be brought in, in the absence of a Council, as was done during Canning’s first suspension in the early 90s.
If Commissioner Linton Reynolds had not spoken of the “public information evening”, in an Sept 17th interview with Canning Times, the general public wouldn’t even have known it was being held.
CanningAccountability challenged the City’s decision as to whom qualified for access over others to the meeting, earlier this week, in an email to Ms Lyn Russell, given that:-
- the City of Canning has only conducted talks with two of its reform partners (Gosnells and South Perth/Vic Park). No negotiations have yet been held with either City of Melville or Belmont/Kalamunda
- the merger with Gosnells will affect all remaining residents, regardless of their stakeholding or community group memberships
- the City appears to be bidding to remain as a stand-alone Council and therefore untouched by any other, and
- any negotiations and outcomes are a long way from conclusive.
There appears no real reason why any sector of Canning’s society should have privileged access over others to a briefing on the City’s submission to the State, or access to Ms Russell and her team.
All that is needed is a bigger room.