Home' The Bunyip : October 15th 2014 Contents Page 4 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A FORUM planned to give new
Gawler Council candidates an op-
portunity to listen to the commu-
nity has attracted controversy after
seven new nominees came forward
to say they were not told of its
The Meet the New Candidates fo-
rum, which will be held tonight at
Café Nova, was organised by a number
of new candidates, including Robert
Laidlaw and Jim Vallelonga.
But it seems not all new candidates
were informed about the meeting, with
seven out of the 17 running expressing
their bewilderment about not being
told about its existence.
New candidate Shane Hennessey
said he was disappointed he had to find
out about the meeting through reading
The Bunyip last week.
"Whoever has organised it has my
email, but nobody has bothered to
contact me," he said.
"I don't know how it will be run, no-
body has told me the format...on that
basis, I'm not attending.
"I don't think it's proper, it
sounds like it could turn into a witch-
Mr Hennessey, along with
Margie Simpson, Kelvin Goldstone,
Cody Davies, Merilyn Nicolson, Han-
no Kohn and Martin Bailey all con-
firmed they were not offically informed
about the meeting, instead finding out
about it through newspaper reports or
word of mouth.
Gawler Council chief executive Hen-
ry Inat said council was not officially
informed about the meeting either, and
would not have anyone representing
Mr Laidlaw said people needed to
use their own initiative to find out
about the meeting.
"It's pretty obvious...it was in The
Bunyip...if people aren't interested
enough to see that...I'm not going to
chase those people, if they want to take
advantage of this they can use their
own initiative," he said.
"If people want to be led like blind
sheep to be informed about every-
thing...if they are not informed, what
type of councillors are they going to
be?"If they really want to represent their
community, they would be reading...
The Bunyip, they would be aware of
Mr Laidlaw said the new candidates
forum was established because he be-
lieved last week's Gawler Council-or-
ganised Meet the Candidates session
was "undemocratic" and did not give
the community a chance to have their
say.He also confirmed that despite the
miscommunication, all new candidates
were welcome to attend.
"There's no cloak and daggers, it's all
out there...they are welcome to come
along," he said.
The Meet the New Candidates fo-
rum will be held at Café Nova tonight
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Mayoral contender Karen Redman addresses the audience at last week's forum, while fellow candidates
John Bolton (left) and Peter Graham look on.
PHOTO: Rob McLean
Eleven attend forum
ELEVEN of 25 candidates
seeking election to Gawler
Council attended last week's
The forum, held at the
Gawler Sport and Community
Centre provided the chance
for the community to hear the
thoughts of candidates on a va-
riety of issues.
Each candidate had the op-
portunity to speak, presenting
their credentials and platforms,
and then engaged in a question
and answer session with the au-
Shane Hennessy spoke about
the debate over Gawler Coun-
cil's financial situation.
"Debt is okay, as long as it
achieves long-term infrastruc-
ture and is affordable," he said.
While incumbent councillor
Adrian Shackley injected a little
humour into the evening, refer-
ring to his positioning on the
"Last on the list. A good place
to start voting," he said.
Meanwhile, Cody Davies
also used humour to engage the
"There has been a common
theme that we need to listen
to youth. You're in luck, here I
am," he joked.
Of those in attendance, four
were sitting members, with
seven hoping to join them on
Among the incumbent coun-
cillors was David Hughes, who
discussed the current council's
role in cutting the budget sur-
plus, as well as his position of
championing "rates cuts".
Dianne Hockley talked about
her enjoyment of the challenges
that "local government brings
and I want to continue serving
Also joining the councillor
candidates at the rostrum were
the three entrants in the mayor-
al campaign, John Bolton, Peter
Graham and Karen Redman.
All of the candidates outlined
their positions on issues such as
local business, employment and
education, along with their rea-
sons for standing for mayor.
Among the variety of issues
also discussed at the forum
were the plight of the Kudla
community, the environmental
green belt, Murray Street traffic
and development in Gawler.
Two candidates for council
submitted prepared speeches,
as they were unable to attend
Local government voting slips
and candidate information will
be posted out between October
20 and 24, with voting closing on
The Bunyip next week will
profile each of the 25 candidates,
along with the mayoral candidates
for the upcoming local government
Debt is okay, as
long as it achieves long-
term infrastructure and is
" SHANE HENNESSY
Candidates unaware of meeting
"If people aren't
interested enough to see that...I'm
not going to chase those people,
if they want to take advantage
of this they can use their own
FEATURE: PAGES 4 & 5
Wake eld Group chief
executive Ken Daniel is
preparing to take the
Adelaide Plains to the
world, promoting Adelaide's
nor thern fruit bowl.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
PROGRESS IN THE NORTH
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