As residents of Cabonne and Cowra Councils who reside in Canowindra put forward their votes this week, either at a polling booth on the 4th or as an early voter, there are some aspects that might be worth considering for each candidate.
Some of the Candidates do not reside in or around the immediate areas of Canowindra, so having a considered vote is paramount.
To make your vote count, identify what is important to you and then match that to the most appropriate candidate. Some people believe that the towns or locations that candidates live in are of prime importance: the rationale being that successful candidates will make sure that their hometowns/locations receive their fair share of resources. But is location the be all and end all? If you are passionate about environmental sustainability then it’s important to vote for candidates who share the same views. If you are passionate about diversity, then look at the diverse backgrounds and views of candidates and elect those who fit the bill. If you are concerned about administrative or political experience then look at the backgrounds of candidates to determine who you will vote for.
You can start your research on the candidates by going to the NSW Electoral Commission site. You can also participate in the informal “Meet the Candidate” event, that is being held on Thursday. 2 December, from 5pm, at the Canowindra Services Club.
Whatever you do, don’t be complacent. Voting is a precious right, the pillar of democracy, and your voice, and the voice of your neighbours, really does count.