City of Canning
|City of Canning
|Population||96,356 (2013 est)|
|• Density||1,487.0/km2 (3,851.2/sq mi)|
|Area||64.8 km2 (25.0 sq mi)|
|Region||South East Metropolitan Perth|
|State electorate(s)||Cannington, Victoria Park, Belmont, Riverton, Southern River|
|Federal Division(s)||Swan, Tangney, Canning|
|Website||City of Canning|
The City of Canning is a local government area in the southeastern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 64.8 square kilometres (25.0 sq mi) and has a population of 85,514 as at the 2011 census. As of November 2014 the Government of Western Australia, as part of its local government downsizing plan, Canning was going cease to exist by July 2015. Since the failure of the state government's council merger process, the governor's order for the merger has been revoked.
In 1871, the Canning Road District was established under the District Roads Act 1871, covering a very wide area to the southeast of Perth. On 1 July 1907, it was abolished and split into the Queen's Park Municipal District and Gosnells Road District (later to become the City of Gosnells). In 1921, Queen's Park was renamed to Canning Road District, and two years later received a large amount of land from Jandakot Road District when that entity was abolished.
In late 2012, an inquiry against the Canning City Council launched by the State Government's Department of Local Government resulted in a 476-page report "pointing to widespread dysfunction, micromanagement and alleged serious governance irregularities."  As a result, the State Government ordered the suspension of the Council, appointing Linton Reynolds to replace it as City Commissioner.
Two years later, in mid-September 2014, it was reported that the State Government had sacked the four remaining Canning councillors, to be replaced by a panel of three new Commissioners upon the end of Commissioner Reynolds' tenure on September 16. As part of the Department of Local Governments' plans, in which the number of local councils will be reduced drastically, it was announced that the City of Canning would be split up and merged into neighbouring local areas, including the City of Gosnells and City of Melville.
The city is divided into five wards; each ward will have two councillors when the October 17, 2015 local government election return the City of Canning to democracy. The mayor will be directly elected.
- Mason Ward
- Bannister Ward
- Beeliar Ward
- Nicholson Ward
- Beeloo Ward
- Bentley *
- Canning Vale *
- East Cannington
- Leeming *
- Queens Park
- St James *
- Welshpool *
( * indicates suburb partially located within City)
- "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.
- Carden, F.G. (Fred) (1991) . Along the Canning: A History of the City of Canning Western Australia (2 ed.). Cannington: City of Canning. ISBN 0-646-03234-8.
- Perth's Canning City facing suspension, GovernmentNews Nov 19 2012
- Take two: Canning council sacked again, commissioners appointed, WA Today Sept 16 2012
- Local Government Reform, City of Canning