(Jacobs’ pitch – for Parliament? Using Canning residents as fodder?)
Last night on Today/Tonight increasingly irksome City of Canning councillor, and recently pre-selected Liberal candidate for the seat of Cannington, Jesse Jacobs, spoke to camera about “taking care of residents” over a tree issue that has gone on for a long time in Canning Vale.
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Yet just months before he’d voted against helping the same residents featured in their call to remove the trees:-
As the motion to Council above will show#, considerable deliberation and councillor suggestions went in to assessment of the request over the gum trees, but ultimately it was decided not to act on that which is “structurally sound and healthy”.
Jump forward and as the residents of the troubled street again submitted a petition to remove the trees it was to find Council had added a clause to its tree policy to the effect they won’t be removed unless they’re dangerous, damaging, dying or dead – and that if City staff reject a request for removal residents can’t take it on to Council for deliberation.**
Jacobs seemed OK with the detailed look in to these particular residents’ request originally, and Council’s subsequent decision. Certainly he didn’t vote against it.
Now, however, he objects to the same residents’ inability to take the matter back to Council.
You have to wonder at the gall of refusing to at least vote against the decision not to help these residents in some way, then turn up when they were able to secure media interest. What is Jacobs doing in Canning Vale anyway? Its a million miles from the area he’s supposed to represent.
Jesse Jacobs – angered the Mayor when he didn’t turn up for the Aged Care review facilities tour, is said to not always turn up for strategic briefings to Council, doesn’t mind hopping a plane to attend conferences at ratepayers’ expense but seems to have a problem turning up at community events within his own ward.
Are we going to see more of this sort of thing as the state election nears? Have media, will represent? You decide….
Extract, Today/Tonight: Jesse Jacobs:-
Jacobs: “Some councillors were saying we’ve got to look at the[tree issue as a] bigger picture, [that this issue] is a minor issue [and] what I say back to that is if you aren’t looking after the residents, you have missed the bigger picture”
Today/Tonight: “Canning councillor Jesse Jacobs voted against the new clause – he thinks its shirking responsibility”
Jacobs: “I was voted in to represent electors, I’m not voted in by trees, we’re the Council, this is what we get paid to do. If we’re not looking after the residents, what are we there to do?”
*Image from The West Australian article “Don’t say save the trees in Canning Vale – residents want giant gums gone”, full article to be found on Yahoo as published 21 Sept 2016
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Original story from Today/Tonight, produced 21 Sept 2016
#Resolution of Council, IE-017-16 Tree Report – 33 Geranium Place Canning Vale, Ordinary Council Meeting, 19 April 2016
**Extracted from “Calls to axe troubled trees”, Canning Times, 13 Sept 2016.