Candidates to address forums in Rylstone, Mudgee

Candidates for the Mid-Western Regional Council election on September 8 will address a public forum at the Rylstone Memorial Hall tomorrow night.

Forum organisers have invited the leaders of the six groups and the six ungrouped candidates to speak at the meeting.

By Tuesday, group leaders Des Kennedy, Russell Holden, Esme Martens, Lucy White, Peter Shelley, Percy Thompson and ungrouped candidates Grant Gjessing, Mitchell Clapham and Bob Lamond had confirmed they would attend.

Candidates Craig Shaw, part of Russell Holden’s group, and Andy Honeysett, a member of Percy Thompson’s group, will also attend the forum.

Following the address by candidates, members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Candidates will mingle and chat with audience members after the meeting. Doors open at 7:10pm for a 7:30 start.

The event is jointly organised by a group of local community organisations including NSW Farmers Association, Rylstone District Environment Society, Running Stream Water Users Association, Central West Renewable Energy Group and Bylong Valley Protection Alliance.

Gold coin donations at the door will go to the Rylstone Hospital Auxillary and ADA Cottage.

Mudgee forum

Candidates have also been invited to address a public meeting at Sajos on Wednesday, September 5, 5.30pm for 6pm start.

The meeting is convened by the Mudgee Business Association.

A representative from each of the six groups, plus each of the six ungrouped candidates, will be invited to speak for five minutes.

This will be followed by question time and opportunity to mingle and talk with the audience.

The MBA will provide a moderator.

Pre-poll voting has began at the Returning Officer’s office at the corner of Market and Douro Street, Mudgee, on Monday.

Pre-poll votes can be cast between 8am and 4.30pm until Thursday, September 6, and from 8am to 6pm on Friday, September 7.

Pre-poll voting will be available at Mid-Western Regional Council branch offices in Gulgong and Rylstone from Wednesday, September 5 to Friday, September 7, from 8am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4.30pm.

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