Attendees quiz Eppalock candidates


Lockwood candidates speak at City of Greater Bendigo election forumCommunity groups survey Bendigo council candidatesBendigo residents hear from Whipstick ward candidatesAttendees made the most of anopportunity toquestioncandidates for the Eppalock ward of the City of Greater Bendigo.

More than 30 minutes of the two-hour forum at Strathdale Community Centre on Tuesday were devoted to questions from the audience.

Queriesranged from whether or notcandidates were part of a voting blocto their transparency in financial and policy decisions,andknowledge of rate capping.

The eight participating candidates raced through the questions set by the event organisers, which raised thetopics of climate change and the environment, integrated transport and cultural diversity and governance.

Yvonne Wrigglesworth,Rosemary Glaisher,Helen Leach,Susie Hawke,Mark Weragoda,Brenton Johnson,Margaret O’Rourke andGeoff Stephens took part in the forum.

George Flack and Colin Carrington did not attend.

The Eppalock forum was the third and final ofa series of pre-election events organised by the Bendigo Sustainability Group, Progress Bendigo and Bike Bendigo.

Lockwood candidates featured the night before, and Whipstick ward candidates spoke the week prior.

The forums builton asurvey,which asked candidates questions based on the council’senvironment, cultural diversity, land use and transport, and housing strategies and plans.

All 10of the Eppalock ward candidates submitted responses, of which Margaret O’Rourke’swas highest ranked.

Full responses are available on theBendigo Sustainability Group website.

The City of Greater Bendigo council election is on October 22.

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