Old feud reignites
JOHNSON TAKES ON JACOB FOR MAYOR
IT’S on between Rob Johnson and Albert Jacob in the race for Mayor of Joondalup.
Former Hillarys MLA Mr Johnson has announced his candidacy as he looks to prevent his former Liberal Party colleague Mr Jacob from winning the chair.
Mr Johnson, a Kallaroo resident, said he would not mind seeing rival candidate Russell Poliwka claim victory because he did not consider Mr Jacob the right man for the job.
Mr Johnson’s opposition to Mr Jacob stems back to their time in State Government when Mr Jacob was Ocean Reef MLA.
Mr Johnson often criticised Mr Jacob’s affiliation with Globalheart Church and the influence he perceived Globalheart had in local politics through Mr Jacob and other church associates, such as former Joondalup MLA Jan Norberger and Moore MHR Ian Goodenough.
He said his campaign for mayor would follow a similar line.
“My belief is that there would be an unhealthy influence from a religious sect in the northern suburbs on whatever happens in council,” he said.
Mr Jacob has indicated in past media interviews that his role in the church did not influence his role as a politician, particularly in respect to financial decisions.
“My involvement in the church is as a community-based membership and I do not have any direct pecuniary interests in my church,” he was quoted as saying in January.
In a 2011 interview with a church magazine, he said: “I am elected to be the representative voice of everyone in my constituency, not just the Christians”.
Joondalup-based Globalheart, a Pentecostal church, denies any association with politics.
A FORMER City of Wanneroo manager has joined the Joondalup mayoral race.
Connolly father-of-two Chris Morrison said he was “a passionate believer in an engaged community with a listening, caring and responding local government”.
“I passionately believe in local democracy and how we can truly reflect our local community’s needs,” he said.
“I bring 25-plus years of experience driving efficiency and transparency across local governments in WA, nationally and internationally.”
Mr Morrison said he stopped working last October due to an operation on his spine but was “ready to take on a proactive community leadership role”.
“As my passion, experience, skills and interests are in effective local government, I have been watching with increasing frustration as the disconnect has grown between ratepayers and their councillors, which will inevitably lead to poor consequences for our communities into the future,” he said.
“With no vested connection to local businesses, developers or local organisations, I can be a truly independent mayor.”
He said some of his campaign points would include reducing wasteful spending to allow lower rates, increasing energy efficiency with better recycling systems and less waste, creating local apprenticeships and helping local businesses grow.
“I will be a new form of mayor who promotes councillors to openly discuss items and automatically represent the City at events in their wards,” he said.
“I should not be everywhere at once; it is a team approach.”
He said he would urge the State Government to “limit the negative environmental impact” as the Ocean Reef Marina moves to the development phase by “imposing the best environmental management practices on developers” and he did not support the Whitfords Nodes fitness staircase in a Bush Forever area.
Rob Johnson at Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Chris Morrison has joined the Joondalup mayoral race.