Mayoral candidate attacks dual role of rival Jo Gash

SHOALHAVEN mayoral candidate Cr John Fergusson has stepped up his attacks on rival candidate Joanna Gash ahead of the September poll.The Shoalhaven Action candidate has asked residents to “seriously have a look at what we might end up with after the September election”, and consider whether they would be happy with a part-time mayor.Cr Fergusson said a couple of recent events made it evident Mrs Gash could not successfully fill both roles as Gilmore MP and Shoalhaven mayor.“First it was the $1 million bridge study debacle when Mrs Gash attacked the state government about not providing funds for the study, this before gaining all the facts.“If that was not bad enough, Mrs Gash then rips into the current council about the state of Quinns Lane, without knowing that it has already been allocated funds for repair.“With regard to the issues facing the Shoalhaven we need a fully committed mayor and not somebody whose focus is split by two major public roles,” Cr Fergusson said.He committed himself to being a full-time mayor from day one if elected.“For the last year and a half we have had a part-time mayor and we know how well that is working.“Mrs Gash is going to be doing exactly what Cr Paul Green is doing now for maybe the next year and a half. Who is going to suffer? The 95,000 constituents of the Shoalhaven, who deserve a full-time mayor, not a mayor who does not have full focus on serving the people of the Shoalhaven at a local grassroots level.”The latest attack comes just weeks after Cr Fergusson warned council should not be a dumping ground for spent political careers in what appeared to be an attack on Mrs Gash, even though Cr Fergusson specified he was not referring to anyone in particular.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.