Mayor ‘dis­ap­pointed’ by as­so­ci­a­tion’s com­ments

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

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.”

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