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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One Nation moving in to councils?

With One Nation now re-established in WA it shouldn’t surprise anyone the party may seek to develop its future MPs through local govt councils.  After all, that is what political parties do. Word is One Nation members could bid for council at the Cities of Canning, Gosnells and Perth.  Canning’s Mayor (and WA’s first Asian […]

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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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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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Ch 9: Canning ducks media on highest rate rises in Perth

Update:  See full Ch 9 video at bottom (Ch 9’s FB post received second highest no. views  at 45,000). Being asked to comment on City of Canning’s high rate rises happened fast – a phone call, crew arrived, Mike Nahan was door-stopped earlier, as was the Minister for Local Govt, yet by 3pm the City had still not made […]

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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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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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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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Hit in face: Basketball wars

UPDATE: The new council, Canning’s first in three years, will meet only once between the date of being elected and the WBA’s deadline on a commitment to funding up to $3.5m for its expansion, that we presume the candidates who have sought WBA’s “endorsement” have agreed to work to. Overnight many council nominees showed what […]

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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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Nahan: Staff managed Canning for themselves

Local paper Canning Examiner hits hard this week with its comparison of the City of Canning’s bloated wage and staff structure compared with the councils that were due to absorb it under local government reform:- City of Canning today is paying almost double the amount for employees it was in 2008-09 Employees earning over $100,000 near trebled […]

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Treasurer: Canning has deteriorated

  UPDATE:  Commissioner Steven Cole’s budget statement, as Canning’s true financial situation is put on record, HERE Chairman of Canning Commissioners, Steven Cole, issued a stern statement about Canning, its finances, and what a new council should do through the local papers yesterday.  He also told entities who pose questions the City doesn’t like that “this must […]

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Mike Nahan urges Democracy 101 for Canning

UPDATE: As the Ward Boundary and Councillor Review closes, only one of the lower house reps for the Canning area, the Member for Riverton, publicly voiced concerns at the speed and appropriateness of staff and commissioners instigating attempts to get wide-spread changes to the governance model and ward boundaries through prior to the return of a democratically elected Council […]

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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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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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Barristers ready to start 2nd inquiry in to Canning

With thanks to Canning Examiner, we have an update on the 2nd inquiry in to the City of Canning HERE (see page 2). It is not yet known if hearings will be open to the public, but several councillors and the Mayor have always called for this.

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Second Inquiry in to Canning commences

Some have asked “Why do I ‘stick up’ for Canning’s suspended Council?”. Mayors and Councillors are frequently targeted by a displeased public –  their role is the most prominent to us. We believe them to be the ones “in control”. CanningAccountability has shown in other posts that the Councillors have nothing like the power of Ministers, don’t […]

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Will Canning produce a second Minister in Mike Nahan?

Mr Nahan stated this week he seeks to be a Senior Minister in Premier Barnett’s new cabinet. It begs the question, “What do we really know about the Member for Riverton?” Mr Nahan was an agitating factor behind the suspension of Canning Council, and its now escalating costs to ratepayers. Just now:  Fmr Minister for Local […]

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Commissioner inappropriate person to negotiate Canning’s future (part one)

Commissioner Linton Reynolds was appointed by the Barnett Govt to ensure continuity of services to ratepayers and staff. Unelected and paid a salary, Mr Reynolds will be here for a very long time, as inquiries are dragged out, and costs mount. Liberal politician Mike Nahan’s constant attacks on Canning Council (as opposed to the actions of staff – whom […]

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