Minister, please get suburb where big land deal is going down right!

TODAY Minister for Housing, Peter Tinley, “goes to market” on Dept of Communities (Housing) properties Connect Joondalup and Bentley 360.  The only problem with that is thus far Mr Tinley has focussed more on the Joondalup project – and given the impression the 360 site was in Victoria Park. This sort of imbalance and inaccuracy […]

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Did Dept of Housing spend $1 million on a community garden?

UPDATE:  Highest viewed post in 2018. Nobody wants to see scarce resources wasted like this. Bentley Community Garden The shabby vista in the photo above, taken two weeks ago, appears to have cost taxpayers and ratepayers, one way or another, circa $100,000/yr in benefits and may have gone on as long as 10 years*, while […]

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Curtin game changer – cancel light rail?

Yesterday’s Ch 7 news report on Canning’s CBD makeover dropped off affiliate The West Aust’s site quickly. It is a little hard to believe.  All this for $70m and in just 10yrs? Press image to view Are there devils in the lack of detail?  Its likely.  Increasingly there is the sense WE need YOU more than you […]

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Chinese Developers control Canning?

When WA Business News announced* in 2015 that a Chinese developer had won a big infill job in Canning, no-one imagined the developer, Sunlong Corporation, would go on to win BIG TIME. In a Council area almost entirely built out but with a huge infill quota to meet, a crucial 25h site became available courtesy of the Housing […]

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Canning kept “poor”?

With the Canning area now boasting Australia’s first Aboriginal Treasurer, MP Ben Wyatt, WA’s first Asian Mayor, Paul Ng, and one of the largest, imminent infill areas this close to the CBD, its time to stop portraying it as some kind of “multicultural poor town”. Former Premier Colin Barnett, when promoting the then-promised MAX light […]

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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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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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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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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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COMMISSIONER, DON’T SPEND OUR $$$ LEASING SHOP AT CAROUSEL!

Radio 6PR’s “Rumour File” tipped us off that the City of Canning was planning to lease a shop at Carousel to use as offices for staff. Rustling up what contacts we could on a Sunday, given Carousel’s market dominance, ratepayers could be forced to pay anywhere between $120,000 – $250,000 per year, not including fit out […]

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Inquiry in to Canning complete: Council speaks

Former Mayor Joe Delle Donne speaks HERE In-term Councillors Olsen and O’Donnell speak HERE Notes 1. Mayor Delle Donne’s term expired during Inquiry 2. Councillors Olsen and O’Donnell terms due to expire October 2015 3. Four Councillors remain in term – between them they represent Canning’s four wards    

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Council Reform: Commissioners of No Relevance?

Bull – Shit New! 6PR interviews CanningAccountability’s Diana Ryan 02/08/13 “We’ll watch [what happens] very closely” – Paul Murray New! Opinion Piece, The West Australian, 12/8/13 “Canning’s residents forgotten in Councils’ carve up” – extract Commissioner.  A lot more impressive-sounding than acting, it would seem. In Canning’s case, the City of Gosnells could end up taking that to the […]

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City of Canning set to merge with City of Gosnells

New! City of Canning’s submission to Local Govt Advisory Board (next stage of council amalgamation process) PLUS public information powerpoint presentation HERE New! City of Gosnell’s submission to Local Govt Advisory Board to be found HERE (Pls note:  Indicative actions only; no analysis uploaded) As reported on ABC news tonight – a leaked report reveals Canning […]

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Has Local Govt Minister begun reforming Councils?

Not quite what we expected… Not even a metropolitan Council…. But in what could be a sign of things to come the $100m Shire of Ashburton’s Council will be required to undergo  a make-over. The Minister for Local Govt, Tony Simpson, has ordered the Council submit to a panel of “Mentors” for the next six months.

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City of Canning Inquiry: Hearings to be held openly

Mr Christopher Kendall, the barrister retained to conduct the Inquiry into the City of Canning, has determined hearings will be conducted openly from June. Inquiry Panel – City of Canning : Public Hearings In what looks to be a very long due process, the first hearing will be held in Council Chambers, City of Canning, thereafter […]

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Govts dither – Resident/Ratepayer Groups align

As filmed by WestTV Perth in Canning recently (below) Talks have begun between residents and ratepayers groups across Perth to canvass the possibility of a strategic alliance that will address planning issues. Under the Barnett Govt powerful new planning approval processes are seen as increasingly intractable, giving the appearance of democracy but in reality limiting public and council input. In Bentley […]

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Premier Barnett moves! Dept of Local Govt merged with Dept of Communities

You didn’t see that one coming, did you? Following his sweeping election win, Mr Barnett stated we should view his new lineup as a new govt, with new priorities. It’s a whole new ball game, in other words. It can only be a matter of time before the state begins announcing decisions about council mergers, and […]

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Keeping you informed on council mergers No. 2: The 30 Recommendations of the Metro Local Govt Review

Recommendations The Panel recommends that: 1. The State Government give consideration to the inequities that exist in local government rating, including rate-equivalent payments and State Agreement Acts. 2. A collaborative process between State and local government be commenced to establish a new Partnership Agreement which will progress strategic issues and key result areas for both […]

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Keeping you informed on council mergers No. 1: Summarising Metro Local Govt Review Final Report

The findings of the Independent Panel, which undertook the Metropolitan Local Govt Review, are worth contemplating. Since 1910 WA has only reduced its number of councils by 5%, compared to 40-60% elsewhere. Basically, we’ve ended up with 30 different sized metro councils, with varying levels of service provision because of differences in rates’ bases. The challenges […]

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