Premier: 1st priority for new rail Canning Vale!

  Colin Barnett was interviewed at length about public transport projects, Perth Freight Link, toll roads, Uber etc in Ask The Premier today.  As relates to extending the Thornlie Spur through Canning Vale to Mandurah rail line, he advised the following:- …we can really only undertake one or two big public transport projects at a […]

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Canning’s fixed now, right? …so ask ’em a question…

  Let’s call it the $2. 1 million dollar question – after all, that’s what the two recent inquiries in to Canning have cost. Ready? A highly contentious ward boundary and councillor representation review has just been “concluded” at Canning.  Why contentious? we had a relatively small problem to correct, but staff tried for more – before […]

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Democracy a laugh at Canning

Democracy continues to be a bit of a laugh at Canning. The City nearly consigned itself away under local government reform, when it ignored community preference and bid to merge with Gosnells instead… Then, oddly enough, staff costs increased significantly while the Council remained suspended…. Now *democracy* seems an outright contestable concept at Canning with the way a Ward and Councillor Representation Review […]

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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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Canning didn’t survive reform….it just got lucky

  Poor management of the reform process by former Commissioner Linton Reynolds and Chief Executive Lyn Russell meant Canning nearly disappeared forever. It survived only because local govt reform suddenly collapsed – at least for now. However, after years of being “under administration”, the City of Canning remains a long way off from having a democratically […]

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Update on Commissioner’s dismissal: Premier speaks

  In the last 48 hours a belief flared up that Linton Reynolds was dismissed as Commissioner at the City of Canning because he spoke out against reform. The reality is that, as a Commissioner, Mr Reynolds was largely unknown outside of Canning, and almost entirely unreported upon by major media – and certainly as related to his […]

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New Commissioners placed in to Canning

Minister for Local Govt, Tony Simpson, is about to make an announcement in Parliament that will determine how Canning is prepared for reform. Commissioner Linton Reynolds is today serving his last day at Canning. Three new Commissioners will be appointed to transition Canning to its new future.  

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Commissioner/CEO seek to influence who new councillors will be?

Canning has not fared well under administration. It failed to seize the day on local govt reform, a valuable developer partnership was lost and costs skyrocketed. We now have a CEO who apparently served less than full term at both preceding appointments – and a Commissioner who seems to act beyond his station as a “short-term, unelected government appointee“. The State Govt’s […]

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POOF! Another million of ratepayers’ money gone under Commissioner

Today’s Canning Times reveals employee load at Canning has blown out so much under Commissioner Reynolds the administration building, only built in 2006, can’t contain them. Public servants are to be moved to a shop at Carousel for a minimum of two years. It will not only house 18 staff unable to fit in our principal council […]

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Commissioner loses $700m Canning project?

Canning is spending a fortune leasing a shop at Carousel in a bid to develop the Canning City Centre.  Yet the City recently lost a $700m partnership with the innovative* Dept of Housing: the Bentley Regeneration project. The question has to be asked:  Does the City have the skills to manage developers, beyond creating structure plans, or […]

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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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Report of panel of Inquiry into City of Canning

6PR Radio interview with CanningAccountability 11th June 2014:  “….Canning’s fate keeps getting worse under a Commissioner…..” On 10 June 2014 the Minister tabled the report in Parliament and obtained Parliaments permission to publish the report making it a public document. Download a copy of the ‘Report of the panel of Inquiry into the City of […]

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Democratically elected Councillors may never return to Canning

It is entirely possible the City of Canning will remain under the control of six Executives, and one Commissioner, until Oct 2015. As a result, when Canning merges with Gosnells, we may find Canning’s recent losses compounded – with no developed Councillors ready to merge with Gosnells’ much more experienced Council. 

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Canning CEO withholds the public from local govt reform “public information” meeting

Canning’s new Chief Executive Officer, Lyn Russell, has failed to provide general public access to the one and only public meeting held to present the City’s position on local government boundary changes before it submits its view to the State. Instead the “public information meeting”, to be held October 1st,  has been reserved for 200 “stakeholder associations […]

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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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Canning’s residents ASK for local govt reform

Media Release 1 August 2013 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 As the City of Canning prepares to merge with the City of Gosnells, a delegation will visit the Minister for Local Government […]

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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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Local Govt Reform: Minister terrible at explaining next steps…

Seems the only place in town to get an idea on what’s happening with council mergers is the local paper. In its Friday April 20, 2013 issue, Post Newspapers added another couple of pieces to the puzzle that is “local govt reform”. But the real puzzler is – what is Minister for Local Govt, Tony Simpson, going on about?

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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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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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Local Govt Reform: Weaker by the day….. until yesterday?

There was a lot of tough talk about local govt reform a year ago. Professor Alan Robson’s final recommendations on Metro Local Govt Review caused councils to feel  change was near. Reaction was strong. Although Robson had recommended 30 councils be slashed to 12, Premier Barnett went on to say 15-20 was better. Wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to pull off […]

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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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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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Canning finally consults community over council mergers! Have your say here!

The Good News:  The City has set up an online survey for you to contribute to their submission on local govt reform. The Bad News:  You only have 18 days to assess and submit your comments. CanningAccountability will be publishing more posts in relation to the Metropolitan Local Govt Review Report – including encouraging residents/stakeholders to submit […]

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2nd Inquiry coming: hands up who wants to be protected from the truth again!

Does anyone really believe just 11 men and women were “the problem” at City of Canning? Well, until the Department of Local Government, at the direction of the next Minister for Local Government finally releases the Canning Councillors’ full answers to questions about why they acted the way they did, we cannot trust a Liberal […]

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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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CanningAccountability’s popularity increasing

In eight weeks this community initiative has achieved: 2,100 visitors 25 subscribers 74 signatures to the petition to keep council inquiries open, and is succeeding in raising awareness there could be unforeseen consequences to the Barnett Govt stopping any elected representative involvement in Canning’s business for up to two years (including if preparations towards council mergers begin) In […]

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Castrilli out? Who will preside over council amalgamations?

The word is that with the return of a Barnett Govt, a new Minister will be put in place to do the heavy lifting on dissolving local councils and creating new, larger ones. Think Canning will only see its boundaries change, and everything else stay the same? More to come.

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Confirmed: we will pay millions

The Barnett Govt’s excessive focus only on City of Canning is beginning to be questioned: Why is Canning subjected to multiple inquiries when other suspended councils aren’t? Why are we forced to pay millions for these investigations? Why are the inquiries kept closed? Why is the Barnett Govt acting in a way designed to keep REAL representatives of the […]

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What no Councillors for 2yrs means to you

Already suspended Councillors of Canning could be kept out until March 2014, when yet another inquiry is set to end. However, this may mean we are not free to vote in new Councillors at local government elections later this year. With the current Council suspended in November, a new 12 month inquiry three months away, […]

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Ouch! Castrilli hits Canning’s bank accounts!

Yep, by the time the seemingly endless process of inquiries in to Canning is over, ratepayers’ monies will be the worse for it. Minister for Local Govt, John Castrilli, has today announced a second inquiry, complete with Barrister oversight, the powers of a Royal Commission and a 12 month time frame. In a situation getting more dramatic by […]

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Is the Commissioner settling in for the long term?

The Commissioner’s New Year message appears to suggest so. It may also be revealing the means to achieve the Barnett Government’s intent to amalgamate councils:  use of a Commissioner to expedite the process. The issues “exposed” during the inquiry don’t stand out as wildly different to those implied constantly of other councils and state govt departments. The Minister for Local Government, […]

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Councillor’s letter to Minister Castrilli prompts questions about who governs what?

Councillor Megan O’Donnell was recently forced to go public in The West Australian, in an attempt to get answers on the immediate future for City of Canning’s Council and its residents. why has the Shire of Ashburton, despite the discovery of serious probity issues resulting in the dismissal of its CEO, only been suspended for 6 months […]

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Greens slam Labor decision to close RRRC

“My constituents have supported this Centre from day one as a sensible, sustainable waste solution. The processing problems are not insurmountable. We clearly don’t want the RRRC replaced by landfill or incineration,” stated Ms MacLaren. Mr Chapple went on to say, “This is blatant and dirty electioneering and is based on scant solid evidence. Frankly, […]

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Labor will close the RRRC

According to Environment Minister Bill Marmion, in an announcement so new there’s nothing online about it as I write this, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has pledged to close the Regional Resource Recovery Centre. Interestingly, as Minister Marmion rushed to condemn what he says is a new policy for Labor, his media release appears to reveal […]

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Another Council suspended as Opposition calls for Minister to face the problems

Yet another Council has just been suspended.  A third is under review. Again “the need for training”, as relates to Councillors, is offered up as the problem and the solution to management issues at the local government level. But is the situation that simple? The City of Canning inquiry was sparked by Mayor Delle Donne asking the […]

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Regional Resource Recovery Centre will miss deadline

The Liberal member for Riverton, Dr Mike Nahan, reveals on 6PR the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s Regional Resource Recovery Centre will miss the deadline of December 15 to rectify odor issues. Will this finally see the Centre shut down, especially as viable alternatives are available which will assist affected councils clear their liabilities?

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