6PR: City of Canning out of control on rates

Update: Deputy Mayor Christine Cunningham readies to leave as concerns about Canning’s management, five years on from investigations, grows. Apparently, she’s happy to go in to politics. On 15 August 2019 Canning’s Council was asked to pass a VERY overdue budget.  Suddenly things began to go south – and 6PR kicked Canning’s ass (again). Audio […]

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Changing ‘heart’ of those responsible for affordable housing?

Peter Tinley wasn’t the Premier’s first choice for Minister of Housing when Labor swept to power in 2017, but he wasted no time jumping on board with the belief  “it is essential for the government to partner with private industry to offer a diverse range of housing options”. Two years on this ethos is panning out […]

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What Canning’s CEO really earns – best value for money?

Update: This post has the highest Facebook share rate in blog’s history On 9 April 2019 the Salaries & Allowances Tribunal gave councillors the right to award local government Chief Executive Officers an additional 1% in total salary package.  That’s not worth much to the average Joe, but it will add thousands to Arthur Kyron, […]

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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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Developer beware? Just how bad are land deals at City of Canning?

THANK YOU to Canning Times for publishing info that gives an idea of how concerning things have become at the much-investigated City of Canning – this time, and once again, in relation to the near-billion dollar Bentley Regeneration project. One land plot, all-income affordable housing, 12 parks, buses running through centre – density done best… […]

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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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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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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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$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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