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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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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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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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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Canning’s ground-breaking animal care highly praised

UPDATE:  Brilliant new service for pets and other small creatures:  Perth Pet Taxi!  24 hour operation, several cars on road, will transport with/without owner, carries deceased pets to final resting place.  Canning’s bid this week to formally adopt a “Pro Life” policy for cats’n’dogs in its care passed unanimously at Council, received some of the highest Likes […]

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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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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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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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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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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’s Adults-only Burger (on news, on fire!)

Get ready Perth!  City of Canning is back and OPEN FOR BUSINESS! In the news today is Johnny’s Burger’s 5-alarm, ring-ding, call-an-ambulance DEMON’S REVENGE BURGER. Comes with a legal waiver… 8,700 shares on FB  from this article in WAToday alone! Mix 94.5 did it the hard way live to camera: Come on down to Canning Vale and […]

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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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Canning Vale rail: Believe Labor?

Or the Barnett Govt, for that matter? The Premier clearly stated in July 2015 that connecting the Armadale and Mandurah rail lines, through Canning Vale, is the no. 1 short-term rail priority for his govt.  Budget’s coming – where’s the commitment? Then along came WA Labor, with a rejigged METRONET that’s a plan, but has no prioritisation on which rail will occur when. Today, […]

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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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Millions spent, staff dissatisfied?

It’s hard, as the community, to get the whole truth, all the implications, about anything at the City of Canning these days.  So much spin… Take the Agenda Setting Briefings (ASBs) concept, for example.  Former Commissioner Linton Reynolds hailed it as some sort of progressive way forward: the community was encouraged to ask their Qs there, instead of the […]

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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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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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