Petition Closed

The first inquiry in to the City of Canning was characterised by suppressed evidence, limited witnesses and no Opposition politicians being interviewed. At a time when the Barnett Government is intent on restructuring councils, it is imperative the residents of Canning feel confidence in any further inquiry proceedings.

Letter to
Director General, Department of Local Government Ms Jennifer Mathews
South Metropolitan Region The Hon. Ms Sue Ellery
South Metropolitan Region The Hon. Ms Kate Doust
and 18 others
South Metropolitan Region The Hon. Mr Phil Edman
South Metropolitan Region The Hon. Mr Nick Goiran
South Metropolitan Region The Hon. Ms Lynn MacLaren
South Metropolitan Region The Hon. Mr Simon O’Brien
Labor Candidate for South Metropolitan Region Ms Anne Wood
Commissioner, City of Canning Mr Linton Reynolds
Labor Candidate for Southern River Ms Susy Thomas
Southern River The Hon. Mr Peter Abetz
Victoria Park The Hon. Mr Ben Wyatt
Minister for Local Government The Hon. Mr John Castrilli
A/Chief Executive Officer, City of Canning Mr Andrew Sharpe
Premier of Western Australia, The Hon. Mr Colin Barnett
Shadow Minister for Local Government The Hon. John Hyde
Riverton The Hon. Dr Mike Nahan
Labor Candidate for Riverton Ms Hannah Beazley
Cannington The Hon. Mr Bill Johnston
Liberal Candidate for Cannington Mr Jesse Jacobs
Leader of the Opposition The Hon. Mark McGowan
Minister Castrilli, please assure the residents of Canning the second inquiry in to the City will be conducted in an open forum, unlike the first.

The most important party in determining if Canning is being effectively governed is the community itself.

The original investigation was conducted on the basis of evidentiary standards determined on the balance of probabilities by third parties. However, considerable amounts of evidence, and the natural justice submissions of councillors, have not been made public.

Almost no existing employees were interviewed, and representations from entities such as South Metropolitian Regional Council could be deemed “hostile” to the City of Canning.

No Labor politicians relevant to the Canning area appear in the inquiry’s report, at a time when the Barnett Government is intent on restructuring councils if returned to office.

Multiple councils in Western Australia are under a cloud. The difference with Canning is that the Mayor instigated the inquiry.

What we had was an experienced Councillor expressing concerns with the City. What occurred was a report finding the problems lay with the Council. The residents are left dangling with the indictment of “damning”.

Please ensure the next inquiry is conducted with absolute impunity, Minister Castrilli, and consider appointing residents of Canning to oversee the inquiry panel.