The NSW State Election is fast approaching (25 March), and nature needs you!
In line with our usual practice, WEPA is organising an online ‘meet-the-candidates’ forum – focussing on environmental issues – in collaboration with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
What: Willoughby Environmental Election Forum
When: 7pm Tuesday 21 February
RSVP: it is important to register here so we can send you the Zoom link.
Willoughby needs State candidates who recognise that a healthy, sustainable environment is essential for the health and well-being of the people of our electorate and the State.
To date, sitting member Tim James (Liberal); Sarah Griffin (Labor); and Edmund McGrath (Greens) have confirmed their participation. Zoom in and hear candidate views on important local and state environmental issues including the Western Harbour and Beaches Link toll road tunnels. STOP PRESS: Larrissa Penn (Ind) has now confirmed her participation in the event.
On the Forum night, we will be asking each candidate to speak briefly about their environmental policies, and to respond to a set of questions circulated prior to the event. There will be an opportunity for questions from the ‘floor’, time permitting.
Unlike at a Federal election, at the State election preferential voting is optional.
For your vote to be valid, you only need to mark the ballot paper so as to clearly identify your single most preferred candidate.
But, despite it not being required, you can number candidates in order of your preference and we would encourage voters to do so to ensure the best result for nature.
Numbering candidates enables the preferential system to achieve what it was designed to do, namely ensure that where no single candidate gets a majority of first preference votes, the candidate who is least disliked by voters gets elected. It operates as an automatic run-off system. You do not need to number all the candidates standing – after numbering your first preference you can number as many of the other candidates as you wish.
Make your vote work for you and for nature – use your preferences!