YET another round of submissions, where our City of Canning is collateral damage for the eager land and cash-grabbing councils who are jockeying to get their point across and the ratepayers of Canning are shoved to one side, put a dent in my usual cheery mood.
On researching some of these so-called submissions, imagine my surprise at seeing this comment: ‘given it continues to run large deficits, accrue debt and has had to sell assets to improve its budget’.
Treasurer Mike Nahan attributed this to the ‘unsustainability’ of the City of Canning. There is a saying about the pot calling the kettle black ” most would think he was talking about his own Government.
The sustainability of councils seems to be a great furphy to be thrown out at meetings and in media statements.
I had the opportunity to ask Local Government Minister Tony Simpson did he have a list of these ‘unsustainable’ councils as I felt it would be better to concentrate on those rather than disrupt the entire metro area.
He didn’t have the list to hand but told me I could find them in the Systemic Sustainability Study report. I contacted his office four times and eventually I was sent the link and after trawling through 150 pages or so I could not find this list.
Determined to find this ‘list’, I contacted the WA Local Government Association, only to be told there was a list but it was removed as it was very hard to say a council was unsustainable as there were many variables.
Hansard tells me that Cottesloe, Kalamunda and Peppermint Grove are highly at risk and unsustainable.
Bayswater, Bassendean, Claremont, Fremantle, Kwinana, Nedlands and Swan were ranked as marginal; Cambridge, Mosman Park, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, South Perth, Victoria Park and Vincent as vulnerable.
I note it does not say Canning.
That is because we are sustainable.
By removing our elected representatives, the Government made us vulnerable.
Thank God Linton Reynolds came, otherwise we could have easily been swallowed up without any chance of putting our case forward.