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Website for candidates goes live

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has launched their Candidate’s Website for the November 2014 Local Government election, with almost 370 of the1,261 candidates personalising their profile entries.

LGASA CEO, Wendy Campana, said while all candidates have a presence on the website, 369 candidates for the 2014 Council Elections have chosen to add personal details and contact information to their webpage.

"I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the candidates who took the opportunity to use this free promotional forum to connect with voters.

"This is only the second time, with the legislative changes in 2010, that the LGA has offered this forum to candidates.

“In 2010 more than 330 candidates personalised their pages and this year the service has attracted greater interest, although we had hoped the response would have been better.

"Having a kind of one stop shop for voters to gather information about candidates also provides a bonus for voters who would not normally have access to this information until voter packs are posted out in the last week in October."

Every candidate’s profile at a minimum contains a photograph and a brief statement, provided to the Electoral Commission during the nomination process.

Ms Campana said in an ideal situation all candidates would have taken advantage of this promotional service but with the information supplied to the ECSA at least voters would be able to put faces to candidates' names.

The 2014 Council elections attracted a record 1,334 candidates, including 73 positions elected unopposed and a record number of 382 women standing for Councils across South Australia.

The number of Mayors and Councillors returned unopposed was the lowest on record resulting in 1,261 candidates vying for 629 positions.

Details for the 1,261 candidates are now available for viewing at www.lga.sa.gov.au/lgcandidates

Rivers to Recognition

Six western Victorian councils, under the banner of the Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN), have partnered to launch the Rivers to Recognition campaign.

The campaign takes place from October to December, and aims to raise awareness about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Australians.

The program includes a major Western Region forum in Footscray about the Constitutional referendum, smaller community forums across the western region including Hobsons Bay, and a live music event to celebrate culture and recognise First Australians.

Headline acts at the concert will be highly acclaimed and award winning artist Archie Roach with Radical Son, Frank Yamma, SKIN CHOIR and Nancy Bates, while arts workshops and a market provide further entertainment.

A series of free workshops and community forums, hosted by ANTaR and Reconciliation Victoria, will examine what constitutional recognition means and why it is important.

A diversity of views regarding the proposed changes will be presented and discussed.

Western region councils are also supporting conversations about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by developing a local resource guide which will be available at libraries and secondary schools across Melbourne’s West.

Councils partnering in the project include Hobsons Bay, Brimbank, Maribrynong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham City.

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Mixed messages for local communities

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