May­oral con­tender to fix ‘dis­con­nect’

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

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 www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472216

Chris Mor­ri­son has joined the Joon­dalup may­oral race.

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