This is really exciting.
This is really exciting.
Wow. I am feeling so inspired. Not inspired to do anything personally, just inspired by listening to inspiring people. People who are at the top of their game and making a positive difference in other people’s lives. Continue reading Criminality & Rehabilitation
The results are in for the North Ward by-election. Congratulations to former Councillor Michelle Sutherland who received the electorates stamp of approval. Admittedly, not my preferred candidate, but there is a very big positive… Continue reading North Ward By-Election 2018
A pretty seismic change has occurred on a very important topic – Planning. It illustrates a real effort by the City to better engage and consult with the residents and ratepayers, and in turn better represent their views when planning for the City. Continue reading Building Bayswater – Local Planning Strategy
On Friday I had the opportunity to represent the City at the opening of the Indigenous Art Mural at John Forrest Secondary College. As with most indigenous art, there is a story behind the picture, and I’ve held an interest in this particular story for some time. Continue reading Aboriginal Languages Matter
For the first time in my 7 years as a Councillor, I attended a WALGA AGM today. And I realised that we have a problem. ‘We’ being everyone in the Perth metro area. Yes, all 1.9 million of us. Continue reading WALGA – Time For A Break-Up?
With the sudden resignation of, now former Councillor, Brent Fleeton there is a vacancy on council (North Ward) which needs to be filled. You should consider it. Continue reading Extraordinary Election – North Ward
Around this time every year, local governments set the budget for the following 12 months. A time consuming process where planned expenditure is decided, and then rates are set to meet those expenditures.
It’s your money; do you feel you’re getting sufficient say? Because there is another way … Continue reading Participatory Budgeting
If you had $24,898,443 in cash, other than spend some, what would you do with it? Chances are you’d not keep it all in cash, but that is what the City of Bayswater has to do. Or does it? Continue reading Is Cash the Best Place?
I’m a fan of Maylands Waterland and have been there many times. It truly is a unique facility. Regarding the possibility of it being shut down, there’s talk that the City administration has sprung it on council. I don’t believe that is accurate and think the administration has been guided by council over the last 3 – 4 years and the budget deliberations. Continue reading Maylands Waterland – The Facts
In today’s The West Australian, Sarah Martin (Federal Political Editor) claims that the Liberals are considering not contesting the by-election for the Federal seat of Perth. Apparently senior Liberals say it would be “beyond historic” for the Liberals to win.
Rubbish. Not that the Liberals won’t run, but that they can’t win.
Back in July 2015 a Councillor moved the above. In January 2018, an agenda item further progressed this to a draft policy for implementation from 1 July 2018. Next week, the draft policy comes to the Community, Technical, Finance & Corporate Services Committee for possible adoption. The financial implications may be significant. Continue reading Pensioner Subsidies
The City of Perth have been copping a lot of flak recently. The latest is over the CEO/Acting CEO’s. I’m not privy to the inner-workings, but it seems pretty clear what is happening. A turf war. Continue reading City of Perth – Is it as bad as it looks?
It is sometimes said that local governments promote sub-divisions and high rise in order to fill their coffers. The logic is, the more dwellings there are, the more money coming in. This is incorrect. Continue reading Does Infill Financially Benefit Local Governments?