All posts by Chris Cornish

About Chris Cornish

I contribute to the decision making and policy setting within the community. Focused on a transparent, family friendly and fiscally responsible local government.

The URBAN FOOD STREET™ Story

This is Caroline and Duncan. They are pretty amazing people, and what they have achieved is acknowledged throughout Australia, and beyond our shores. They are the founders of URBAN FOOD STREET™ and they are coming to WA. You have the opportunity to hear their inspirational, community building story – for free.   Event Flyer Continue reading The URBAN FOOD STREET™ Story

Red Tape Reduction

Reducing red tape

A small but significant event occurred in the March committee meeting. Otherwise unreported due to the insignificant impact it will have in the grand scheme of things.  It does however signify a change in thinking, and more importantly a change in strategic direction which the council has now given to the officers. (Council set the strategic direction, officers implement the strategy and run the City’s operations) Continue reading Red Tape Reduction

Advertising & Consulting – Planning Development Applications

Most State legislation dictates that any required advertising by a local government needs to be in the local newspaper and/or The West Australian. No doubt everyone’s come across these little adverts buried in the middle of a newspaper. Other than the cost, and the fact that readership of newspapers is ever declining, the big problem is that often that the people who happen across the advert, aren’t the ones who are being advertised to.  Continue reading Advertising & Consulting – Planning Development Applications

What is the Metropolitan Region Improvement Tax?

MRIT

At a special council meeting on the 28th of November 2016, council approved $1.5 million to be contributed towards the purchase of Lot 14 next to the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. This is subject to the State government funding the balance. The Metropolitan Region Improvement Tax (MRIT) is one way the State government can fund ‘their’ portion. Continue reading What is the Metropolitan Region Improvement Tax?

Corporate Governance & the Audit Committee

34120838 - puzzle button: corporate governance

It has been raised by some councillors at neighbouring councils that there should be independent member/s on their audit committees, including for the chair. Worse still, it has also been mooted that this should be forced upon all councils; hence my interest. So, whilst not an exciting topic, I still thought I’d provide my thoughts on why this is unnecessary, slightly counter-productive and may only serve to increase costs. Continue reading Corporate Governance & the Audit Committee