Be informed, have your say at elections

It’s hard to believe that Local Government elections are happening later this year.

Unlike State and Federal elections its a voluntary process and by postal vote.  

Papers will start arriving in our letter boxes as of 22nd of October with the last day to send your ballot papers back being the 9th of November.

There has been plenty of commentary about local government, rate capping, and other topical subjects in recent times.

The Minister for Local Government, Stephan Knoll, has also waded in with a call for our local government elections to be used as a sort of ‘referendum’ on rate capping. 

Of course, there are many other issues relevant to local communities apart from rate capping.

Here in Gawler there has been plenty to talk about, and I guess, plenty of opinions on what should or should not be occurring in our community.

Over the last four years the Town of Gawler has dealt with some of the biggest issues of any previous council in recent times.

The Gawler East Link Road, civic centre redevelopment, the new administration centre purchase and move, large scale land developments, open space costs, land divestment controversies - the list goes on. 

Not a bad effort in four years and as you can see, some pretty big decisions made.

We all have an opinion on how our respective councils perform, good, bad or otherwise.

What we don't seem to do so well is vote in local government elections.

I therefore urge you to take the time to do your homework on the candidates, think about what attributes you are looking for in an elected member and also look at the track record of any person up for re-election. 

Once you have done your research, make an informed choice and have your say.

I know I will be. 

Our community deserves nothing less. 

                                                                                                                                                      Karen Redman

Mayor,

Town of Gawler