Who will you vote for?
This month the residents of the City of Ballarat get to participate in the democratic process of voting in those people who will represent us in Local Government. There is a lot of info here http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Current/Ballaratcandidatestatements.html
There are three vacancies in South Ward, and eight candidates. BE Net asked these potential Councillors standing in South Ward, which includes most of Ballarat East, to answer a simple question ‘What is your vision for Ballarat East?’ Turns out it wasn’t so simple after all so we gave the candidates free reign to take the question where-ever they wished.
Here are the responses we got, in the order we got them:
- Des Hudson – yes (video below)
- David Eldridge – yes (video below)
- Joshua Morris – yes (video below)
- Jim Rinaldi – no thanks
- Sundram Sivamalai – yes – made an appointment for an interview, however he didn’t show up nor send his apologies
- Peter Innes – apologised and indicated he had family issues to attend to (no contest there, family must always come first)
- Matt Mattson – no answer after two requests
- Stephen Pelchen – no answer after two requests
We would urge residents to review these videos and really check out what some of these Councillors are saying, or not saying. This system is tricky because it depends so much on preferences. Please check this page and notice how many times some Councillors are put last in preferences, how could something like that happen do you think? If you need more info about how the whole process works The Courier had a simple explanation of the complex issue today here. What ever happens this new council has a minimum of five new Councillors out of a total of nine, experience here will be key, or should be.
Please view these videos and leave comments at the end of this post. Please note this is a moderated site and abusive comments will not be allowed. This videos have not been edited nor altered in any way, each candidate was given up to three minutes. If we get any more interviews prior to election closing we will add these to the bottom of the post.
- Des Hudson –
- David Eldridge –
- Joshua Morris –