Where do your candidates in the Bendigo elections stand on the big issues | Bendigo Advertiser

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The Bendigo Sustainability Group (BSG) has partnered with Bike Bendigo and the Commoners Co-op to give residents a comprehensive overview of key local candidate policies. The election ‘scorecard’ precedes Monday’s candidates’ forum at the Bendigo Club, which will see the candidates face off in a debate format. At this stage, it is unclear which candidates will be in attendance – Liberal candidate Darin Schade did not respond to several media inquiries from the Bendigo Advertiser and was absent from the draw last week. OTHER NEWS: Victorian COVID cases stable This year the group generally concerned with the environment, transport and community wellbeing has expanded its coverage to include questions from a range of other organizations representing the biodiversity, independent public broadcasting, refugees and elderly care. The big winner of this election is Greens candidate Cate Sinclair who scored “outstanding” on six of the 12 policy issues put forward by community groups. G.S.O. President Colin Lambie said the candidates’ forum responds to the wishes of the community. “We want voters to be able to think more deeply about how they vote,” he said. “Our organizations have been hosting these forums for seven years and interest in them seems to be growing.” Bike Bendigo committee member Chris Corr echoed Mr Lambies’ sentiments and said the organization had a clear wish list for the election. “Bike Bendigo wants to see significant investment in better infrastructure, education and training to help many more people be able to cycle for everyday transport and we want the community to be better informed of the views and directions of our local candidates,” he said. mentioned. CRIME NEWS: Commoners Co-op member Elsie L’Huillier said this election showed there was a change in sentiment in communities. “The rise of independent candidates whose success depends on ‘listening to the voice’ of their constituents” reinforces the need for all candidates to attend local forums and pay attention to what organized community groups say on behalf of their members,” she said. “People are tired of the spin of paid political ads and they are looking for information prepared by local sources they trust and for opportunities to engage directly with local candidates.” Independent candidate James Laurie and One Nation did not respond to the group of questions. The full questions and candidates’ responses for the survey and scorecard can be found on the website of Bendigo Sustainability Group. Our journalists work hard to provide up-to-date, local news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:


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