Mayor ‘disappointed’ by association’s comments
THE Connolly Residents Association was not invited to the Joondalup mayor’s annual pre-budget breakfast last month.
Association chairman Charles Ebden was asked at a recent information session on the proposed Joondalup performing arts centre if the group had not been invited “based on them organising” the Joondalup Resort forum.
“I asked our secretary to write to the mayor and ask him ‘could we please have our invitation’ and we got a letter back saying the function was a private function of the mayor and it was at his discretion as to who he could invite,” Mr Ebden said.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard confirmed to the Weekender that he had not invited the association to the City-funded event.
“I have been disappointed by recent inaccurate public comments from the newly-elected president of the association in relation to the Joondalup performing arts centre and in particular, a factually incorrect statement that the City was borrowing $100 million to construct it,” Mr Pickard said.
“As the mayor of Joondalup, I have always made myself available to ratepayer groups and individuals who wish to engage in an appropriate manner regardless of whether they share my or the City’s view on a particular issue.
“Groups and individuals who respect these wishes will always be welcome at City events and functions.”