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 10s of 000s of Carousel cars a day:-
Q: The Mayor queried whether the vision identified in the [Canning City Centre Plan] will be realised over the next ten years.
A: It was noted that whilst there is significant and ongoing interest to develop within the Cannington City Centre, which will be guided by the Structure Plan over the coming years, the commitment to improve the public realm via such projects as the Cecil Avenue Main Street upgrade will provide a significant boost in achieving the vision and creating a true City Centre.
It may even screw up the ambitions of [appointed, if not apparent] Councillor Jesse Jacobs, who just wants the make-up application to begin, so it looks good as he goes after MP for Cannington Bill Johnston’s seat in February!
And all of this as our still very new, very inexperienced Council just agreed to take responsibility for staff to push ahead with the Canning City Centre plan, despite the WA Planning Commission being miles away from approving it.
What plan, people? There’s no money!
Oh, and can the City of Canning and its Council PLEASE check their bottom lines more than they do? Our Minutes and plans are becoming littered with references to funding based either on a nudge or a wink from the Libs that seem to swamp Canning now, or on established sources that can’t necessarily be counted on if an election is due! Our local newspaper is better informed!
WARNING: Ratepayers, you may be hit up to make up for the near $10m that won’t now be coming from the Feds, because if you think Scentre Group (Carousel), or any other developer is going to cough up the dosh to fancify Cecil Ave…. think again…
LIST OF WHO GOT WHAT IN THE FINAL FUNDING ROUND FOR THE NSRF HERE
FEEDBACK FOR UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS HERE