City of Canning CEO caught out criticising council decision

City of Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron.
City of Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron.

THE City of Canning’s chief executive has been caught out by his City’s audio recording, which captured him saying council had just made a “stupid decision”.

Arthur Kyron could be heard on the January 24 annual general meeting of electors recording saying “good on ya council” and “stupid decision”, to which Mayor Paul Ng responded “yes” before the audio recording ended at 40 minutes and 10 seconds.

The recordings of council’s meetings are available publicly on the City of Canning’s website via YouTube.

When asked last Wednesday by the Canning Times if Mr Kyron regretted the comments, a spokeswoman for the City of Canning responded.

“Yes, Arthur regrets his reaction,” she said.

“Upon reflection he has stated it was an expression of frustration due to the amount of effort staff had put in to bring the matter to the point of a decision to then have the decision deferred.”

Canning Times has since noticed changes to the recording, shortened to finish immediately after Mr Ng called the closure of the meeting at 39 minutes and 56 seconds and it was listed as the recording for the special council meeting on January 24.

Mr Ng told Canning Times the item deferred to February was for council to consider a proposal regarding the progression of the regeneration project, management of the reserves in the area and a collaboration arrangement with the Department of Communities.

The project includes the proposed sale of a parcel of land under the City’s oversight.

“Sunshine Developments WA Pty Ltd currently has a contract to purchase Lot 2001 Ashburton Street Bentley, the former Canning Aquatic Centre site,” Mr Ng said.

“This comprises the first stage of development of the site, which will provide a medium density apartment building of around 46 dwellings.

“The City is currently awaiting the title for this property from Landgate.”

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