BAYSWATER mayor Sylvan Albert has accused his election rival Catherine Ehrhardt of being “desperate” and “mischievous” after she had a go at him on Facebook.
Ms Ehrhardt, who is challenging Cr Albert for the sole south ward seat at the council elections in October, had claimed the mayor was being disingenuous about his involvement in Maylands events.
“Seeing Sylvan put something like this out [on his website] makes me angry. I will freely admit that,” she posted on her election Facebook page.
“Last year, he used his extra mayoral vote to try and delay the Maylands Markets — and if it was not for Cr McKenna adding that it had to come to the next meeting, or Cr Toldo putting in a rescind motion, Sylvan Albert would have successfully killed the Maylands Hawker Markets.”
“…at that planning committee meeting he voted against LACE Inc being given funding to hold a Street Festival! What a joke.
“He was also not ‘responsible’ for the last 3 street festivals. He was part of a TEAM — the MBA which included myself.”
Cr Albert said he’d been expecting this style of campaigning from Ms Ehrhardt.
“Mischievous,” he says. “It’s all misinformation, I don’t know what she’s talking about. “I supported the Maylands Street Festival and the Hawkers Markets.
“I suspect this will be the first of many attacks from her, but I don’t work like that.”
Cr Albert and Ms Ehrhardt were both members of the Maylands Business Association that worked on the successful Maylands Street Market.
Ms Ehrhardt left to form the Local Arts and Community Events, the not-for-profit group behind the Maylands markets, and which now runs the street festival as well.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK