Lib councillor sexed up/dumbed down wife for electoral gain?

It’s not necessarily a great time to be a woman and connected to the Liberal Party.  Regressive behaviour amongst male politicians seems to span federal, state and local govts. Canning has one such retrograde, whose behaviour can be so reprehensible one wonders if he put his own partner up for local govt election, in mini […]

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Politics blight WA Councils (West Australian). Canning’s new problem?

In the last five years the City of Canning has been through: Four councils (including two sets of Commissioners) Three CEOs High staff turnover Near complete loss of governance experience And it was due to be ceased as a local govt on 30 June 2017 Near total wipe-out, in other words. Not a good look, […]

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Poor priorities kick off 2018 for Canning?

OPINION PIECE It’s reasonable to assume that at a time when Canning’s land deals are tanking, community group funding bids are falling short and the McGowan govt seeks to rein in assistance to local govts (it just slashed $285,000 from Canning’s eco education centre), the council would take a more sustainable approach to how the community’s monies […]

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Is this Perth’s worst Councillor?

If the McGowan Govt wants reasons to legislate the dismissal of poorly performing individual local govt reps, it need look no further than the City of Canning. Within an entirely newly elected council already compromised by vested interests (20mths on from investigations and suspension), there is one councillor that stands out more, ironically, for doing bugger all: Cr Ayse Martli. Seemingly incredibly lazy and entirely unaccountable to […]

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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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Minister kicks Mayor’s ass over CEO review

The situation at Canning is becoming diabolical and it should be the first council to come under scrutiny of the Auditor General, in moves planned by the State. Minister for Local Govt, Paul Miles, could be indicating this may happen in an article out today in Canning Times: “Local Govt Minister reminds Canning Mayor to act in best interests […]

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Ambitious Lib councillor: bring media, will represent?

VIDEO EXPIRED! (Jacobs’ pitch – for Parliament? Using Canning residents as fodder?) Last night on Today/Tonight increasingly irksome City of Canning councillor, and recently pre-selected Liberal candidate for the seat of Cannington, Jesse Jacobs, spoke to camera about “taking care of residents” over a tree issue that has gone on for a long time in Canning Vale. Transcript at bottom […]

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Video: Lousy councillor, Lib Party devotee?

VIDEO EXPIRED!  Transcript: see non-descript Canning Councillor Jesse Jacobs do well in Liberal Party School! Given the power struggles played out in the last year within both the WA Labor and Liberal Parties, you’d assume the public would be more aware of who runs the state – or wants to.  Not so! The West Australian took to the streets to ask people if they recognize any of […]

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Ugly politics last year, grubby politics now at Canning?

The image above repeatedly goes up on a Facebook now being used to post community event notifications on a new online initiative of the City of Canning:  “What’s on in Canning?”. The event, an upcoming dinner run in part by Bentley Community Focus, isn’t the problem – the content that can be found on the Facebook (FB) used to upload it, which the owner invites […]

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Canning’s Mayor loses patience with councillors

A member of the public, who also ran for the position of Mayor of Canning in Oct 2015, said to me of Paul Ng the other day, “You endorsed the idiot who is now our Mayor – now we all have to live with it.” Er, no – the problem emerging at Canning isn’t that 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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Canning falling on $1.6m inquiry sword?

If what I’ve heard is true, it hasn’t taken long for the City of Canning to demonstrate a return to behaviours the final $1.6m Inquiry recommended against. At bottom:  What the Premier’s office responded with when advised of this. So what critical problems seem to be continuing at Canning? Firstly, once again some councillors are not turning up for important briefing sessions, or ensuring they […]

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Third of Canning Council don’t live there?

Clarification on fourth councillor, Patrick Hall, Bannister Ward, not residing in representative area. Thank you to Patrick for immediately addressing concerns he lives [just] outside Bannister now, after  years of residence within, a move which only occurred in 2014, the year before the election.  The Hall family is on track to move back to Bannister Ward this […]

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Canning funding Nahan’s re-election?

[Edited] Is it possible that tonight  Canning’s first democratically elected Council in years may commit millions to just ONE sports group, Willetton Basketball Assoc (WBA), months ahead of its first budget, simply because many of its members were either so naïve, or so eager to get elected, they pledged support to one group over 118 others, in part because they believed the WBA could yield a […]

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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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Ugly politics again at City of Canning

UPDATE: Blog analytics show a lot of interest in Ayse Martli from search engines, one request for Mr Lanza, none for Jesse Jacobs. The above came out today in The Weekend West – revelation of an issue between two candidates running for election as councillors in Mason Ward. This info is just going out now – the incident was two […]

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Canning’s stability undermined?

FOLLOW THE STORY OF JESSE JACOBS DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO AVOID COMMITTING TO A FULL FIRST TERM AS MAYOR OF CANNING HERE Canning is returning to democratic governance in one month. In 17 months it may lose its Mayor. The political party memberships/past parliamentary bids inclusive within Canning’s 11 mayoral candidates, and what this may mean for the […]

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New Council will need to grow a set…. (Mike Nahan)

Well, we think that’s more or less what MP for Riverton, Mike Nahan, said this week. Nahan’s concern about the City of Canning, particularly the behaviour of the administration under CEO Lyn Russell, isn’t going away any time soon. Nor will the Premier’s threat:  Local govt?  On notice.  Right now. And if the long-term view of William […]

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6PR: Former Councillor unloads on rate rises

The City of Canning is not a council major media shows any interest in normally – but things have changed and for all the wrong reasons. Canning’s rate rises – those issued to cover its skyrocketing costs when democratically elected brakes were removed (Canning has been run by staff and Commissioners for years) – have us on lists everywhere: And […]

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Ambitious Lib runs for Canning Mayor

UPDATE:  Jesse Jacobs refusing to CATEGORICALLY RULE OUT NOW running for state or federal parliament in his FIRST TERM, if he becomes Mayor of Canning, as a sign of his commitment to the community in this campaign and to the stability of its first democratic council in three years.  State Election is only 17 months […]

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