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 for their link to the online survey.

Mount Alexander Shire election 2020 – Meet the Candidates (Castlemaine Ward)

Edit: The recorded stream from the Meet the Candidates can be found here.

Business Mount Alexander and the Shedshaker Taproom are hosting a forum for candidates for the Castlemaine Ward in the upcoming local government elections.

The forum will be held on Thursday 8 October 2020, at 7:30pm.

Due to COVID rules, only candidates can attend in person, but the event will be livestreamed on the Castlemania Facebook page ( and Business Mount Alexander website (

If you would like to submit a question for the Candidate Forum (video questions are ideal) email:

Democracy for Dinner is working with Castlemania Admin to collate all of the questions posted on Castlemania to inform those put on the night.

Democracy for Dinner will also send all candidates a ‘Candidate Questionniare’, the results of which will also be published. If you would like to suggest questions for the questionnaire contact:

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:

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:

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 here