City of Canning finishes financial year with $2.07m surplus


City of Canning designer and landscape architect Nanette Nguyen Park at Dabchick Park. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d478180
City of Canning finishes financial year with $2.07m surplus
City of Canning finishes financial year with $2.07m surplus
City of Canning designer and landscape architect Nanette Nguyen Park at Dabchick Park. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d478180

DESPITE starting the year with no surplus to roll over, the City of Canning ended the last financial year with a spare $2.07 million, according to the City’s recently released annual report.

Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron said a staff restructure had been expected to save the City between $3 million and $4 million annually from when it was passed on January 31.

The decision aimed to make the staff numbers more relative to the City’s population.

The annual report also showed Mr Kyron’s salary bracket was $300,000 to $309,000 for 2016-17.

An $8300 reflexology path in the new nature-based Dabchick Park was among the expenses rolled out on behalf of ratepayers last financial year and the City collected slightly more waste than five years ago but fewer recyclables.

In 2016-17, kerbside collection for its 33,000 households totalled 30,086 tonnes – about 911kg per household – slightly more than the metropolitan average of 853kg recorded by the WA Local Government’s Waste Census for the previous financial year.

Recycling by Canning residents was down more than 1000 tonnes for the five-year period since 2012.

The City also launched a new website in April and attracted 189 compliments, mainly for its parks team, waste services and rangers.

In 2016, the City responded to 69 registered complaints.

The major focus of the financial year was the City Centre Activity Plan endorsed by council in September 2016 and the City Centre Regeneration Plan endorsed in April last year, allowing up to $70 million to be spent on the city centre over the next 10 years.

The City also became one of the State’s first ‘pro-life’ local governments for the management of cats and dogs.

In October, council unanimously formalised the City’s long-standing position that the putting down of unclaimed impounded animals would only be undertaken as a last resort.