Old feud reignites


Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d473064

Rob John­son at Hil­larys Boat Har­bour.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472216

Chris Mor­ri­son has joined the Joon­dalup may­oral race.

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