Council elections: the right to vote is a privilege

Consider for a moment how everyday life is improved by the many services that council provides. Imagine your community without street lighting, rubbish collection, footpaths, libraries, playgrounds and sports club facilities, community halls, home and community care service, youth grants, roads, and even transport systems for those in need – and the list goes on.

The upcoming council election is the perfect chance for you to get involved and have your say, simply by voting.

It’s an opportunity for you to make a choice on those decision makers who can help make a difference to everyday life in your community.

Participating in your local council election is one of the most direct ways you can make a difference to everyday life in your community. When you cast your vote, you join around 360,000 other South Australians who take an active interest in grass-roots democracy and what happens in their patch.

This year, across the State there has been a growing trend with a broader field of candidates and a greater number of candidates putting their hand up.

This trend is reflected right here in The Barossa Council area with 24 candidates throwing their hat in the ring to positively contribute to enhancing their community, and be a voice for their community.

Breaking it down, we have two mayoral candidates and 22 councillor candidates to fill 11 positions. The upshot of this is that you, the voter, has more choice than the previous election.

Your vote gives you the right, and the privilege, of making a difference to everyday life in our community.  Councils have a far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate, and voters can, and should, own the process that underpins that.

The LGA is publishing candidate bios at www.lga.sa.gov.au. Jump online, read all about the candidates and make your decision so that when you receive your ballot papers (eligible voters) in the post from 22-26 October you’ll be ready to cast your vote.

To make your vote count, fill out both ballot papers and post them back or return them to the Nuriootpa, Mt Pleasant and Lyndoch council offices by 5pm on November 9, 2018.

Make your vote count!

Authorised by Martin McCarthy,

The Barossa Council,

43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa SA 5352