Wollondilly Candidates address State Issues at Information Night

Wollondilly Candidates address State Issues at Information Night

Posted on: 12.02.2019

Candidates for the State seat of Wollondilly responded to questions from the community both in person and online at the State Issues information evening in the Council Chambers last night.

The event was well attended, with many residents taking the opportunity to ask some serious questions of the candidates from the floor.

According to the live stream data, approximately 300 people chose to watch the discussion from the comfort of their own homes with the option to submit questions online.

Wollondilly Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “Given the huge area our Shire covers, it was fantastic that we could provide an opportunity for people who couldn’t attend any of the ‘Meet the Candidates’ events to watch from their own homes.”

“We were able to make use of the live streaming facilities that are already in place for our Council meetings to make the Information Night accessible for everybody. This was a real win for digital democracy.”

“It was a polite, informative session providing a great chance for residents to understand the candidate’s positions on issues affecting our community,” he said.

Five Wollondilly State candidates accepted the invitation to take part in the event, including: Jason Bolwell from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party; Jo-Ann Davidson from the Country Labor Party; Heather Edwards from the Animal Justice Party; Independent Judith Hannan; and recently announced One Nation candidate Charlie Fenton.

Some of the questions addressed on the night focussed on how candidates would improve the Southern Highlands rail service, what would be done to preserve agriculture in the area, whether the raising of the Warragamba Dam Wall would be supported and how candidates would serve such a large and diverse electorate.

Residents who missed the live stream on Monday night will be able to watch the recording later this week on Council’s website.