The Local - November 2021

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This month’s issue of The Local has a strong focus on the upcoming local government elections. And that’s not just because I am a candidate. It probably helps though, just quietly. I bang on about local elections every time they come around. I think there’s now been four elections or byelections in the time I’ve been publishing The Local. Local government is the level of public administration that is most likely to impact your life locally. It’s important that we take the opportunity offered by the compulsory voting system to have a say in determining who sits around the table that constitutes our local council. At the last local government elections in September 2017 ward 3 had a voter turnout of just over 81%. So almost 1 in 5 of us didn’t show up at a polling booth. With the Electoral Commission issuing $55 fines to the ‘no shows’, just the handful of suburbs that make up ward 3 would have generated fines of more than $280,000. Can you imagine what the voter turnout would be if it wasn’t compulsory? Let’s do better this time around. You will find profiles of the six candidates for ward 3 councillor on pages 16-19 of this issue. The profiles for the four candidates for lord mayor are on pages 20 and 21. Please have a read, ask yourself who might best serve your community in these roles, then show up on election day Saturday 4 December. There will be 23 different places you can place your ward 3 vote. Alternately there will be five pre-poll locations across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie open for business in the fortnight before election day.. For more information go to https://www.elections. Newcastle/Ward-3 Apologies that some of our regular content has not appeared in this month’s issue. Do not adjust your letterbox, normal transmission will return to The Local soon!