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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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