11 May 2022 7pm: Meet the Candidates – Bendigo Electorate (Castlemaine edition)

We can now confirm that Lisa Chesters (ALP), Darin Schade (Liberal), Cate Sinclair (Greens), Matt Bansemer (LDP) and independent James Laurie will be in attendance. We have apologies from Ben Mihail (ONP) and Elijah Suares (UAP).

To be held at The Taproom, 7pm 11 May 2022.

If you have a question to ask, or would like a particular topic raised please leave it in a comment below or email info@democracy4dinner.org.

Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/3lmznMags

Candidate Survey Results 2020 Mount Alexander Shire Election

The responses are in for the 2020 Mount Alexander Shire Election Candidate Survey.

You can digest it in three ways:

1. Every candidate’s response in full

For full results follow these links:

Castlemaine Ward survey responses (10)

Loddon Ward survey responses (3)

Tarrengower Ward survey responses (2)

No responses were received from candidates in Calder Ward or Coliban Ward.

2. See what candidates say on the issues you care about

Do you want to know which candidates care about housing affordability? Or who has ideas on waste? Or tackling climate change?

We’ve done a ‘beta-release’ analysis by theme, which shows how candidates from all wards responded to different issues. It still needs some work on the formatting, but is a good way of comparing the candidates. Check it out by downloading here:

3. Or read on for the overview…

Fourteen of the eighteen candidates responded.

Housing affordability was the issue that candidates had heard most often in their campaign. It was also was the equal most selected ‘top priority’ by candidates, along with waste management.

Action on climate change was heavily supported. All fourteen candidates who responded to the survey said that it is either extremely important or very important that Mount Alexander Shire Council commit to actions which contribute to tackling climate change.

Rates and budget was the equal-second most selected top priority by candidates. However those who selected it as a top priority were split in their assessment of whether current rates were ‘too high’ or ‘about right’. In total eight candidates said the current rates were ‘too high’, two said ‘about right’ and five answered that ‘it’s not that simple’.

On waste, the largest number of candidates said Council’s priority should be working with the community to reduce the amount of waste produced (seven), followed by improving the amount and effectiveness of recycling in the Shire (four). Two said the priority should be an annual/biannual hard rubbish collection, and one reviewing upgrading the waste transfer station/s.

More candidates selected ‘Improving walking and cycling infrastructure’ as their top roads and infrastructure priority than any other issue. However all those who did were from Castlemaine Ward. Five candidates also listed ‘Paths, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure’ in their top three priorities.

Nil response was received from the two candidates who will be elected unopposed (Christine Henderson in Coliban Ward and Anthony Cordy in Calder Ward), as well as Hilton Hazeltine in Loddon River Ward and Max Lesser in Castlemaine Ward. Cr Lesser contacted Democracy For Dinner and indicated that in his view he could not respond to the survey as a sitting councillor.

Mount Alexander Shire candidate survey out now

Democracy for Dinner has released its 2020 Candidate Survey to all eighteen candidates standing in the upcoming Mount Alexander Shire local government elections.

The survey closes 6pm Friday 9 October 2020 and results will be published on the Castlemania Facebook page, the Democracy for Dinner website and Facebook page, and a story will be run in the Castlemaine Mail.

The survey is intended to help residents and ratepayers to be better informed before they vote in the election this October.

The questions are based on input received through the Castlemania Facebook page and directly to Democracy for Dinner. The survey includes questions about the candidates’ views on Council’s role in climate change, priorities for waste and traffic management, recovery from COVID-19 and more.

A downloadable version of the survey is available here. Candidates should email info@democracy4dinner.org for their link to the online survey.

Democracy Forum – October 28th – Castlemaine

Three events are taking place in sequence on October 28th in Castlemaine, central Victoria, that will explore opportunities for reclaiming democracy in regional and rural Australia, view a view to encourage community-led collective action and rethinking the best way to achieve truely representative democracy.

RSVP is essential for all three sessions and places are limited.

11am – Learn about the history of Voices for Indi and how they used this community driven model to create a policy platform for the seat of Indi. Where? Continuing Education Building, front entrance. Free, (BYO coffee). Book here: learningfromv4i.eventbrite.com.au

1.30pm – Community and business leaders are invited to explore and discuss the Voices for Indi Kitchen Table model as an opportunity to supporting collective action in central Victoria. Where? Ray Bradfield Room. Free, afternoon tea provided. Book here: v4iworkshopcentralvic.eventbrite.com.au

5pm – Gabrielle Chan in conversation with Cate Kennedy. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters. Why are we so fed up with politics? Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins? Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government? Where? New Northern Art Hotel, 359 Barker St. Book herehttps://www.trybooking.com/YSUP