City of Canning finishes last financial year with $2.07m surplus

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

CITY of Canning started with no surplus to roll over and ended the last financial year with a spare $2.07 million.

A staff restructure was expected to save the City between $3 million and $4 million annually from when it was passed on January 31 according to chief executive Arthur Kyron.

The decision was made to make the staff team numbers more relative to the City’s population.

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

A $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 – faring slightly worse than the metro 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, 69 registered complaints were actioned by the City with more than half due to perceived process failures, 20 per cent staff complaints and 16 per cent about service.

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 April last year, allowing up to $70 million to be spent on the city centre over the next 10 years.

The City’s thriving local economy includes 8161 registered businesses, and it worked to reduce red tape.

Transport, postal and warehousing, and health care and social assistance industries rose 3 per cent from 2015-16.

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 euthanasia of unclaimed impounded animals would only be undertaken as a last resort.

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