local resident & investor Desley Cowley
local resident & investor Desley Cowley

We need non divisional voting in Rockhampton...too late for the next election, but not too late.

I think this election is one of the most important for our region and we need to take the time to consider all candidates and all options and not just vote 'as we have done before'. I don't yet know who I will vote for but I plan to take the time to listen to what all candidates have to say and I encourage you to do the same. We, the voters have a chance to meet you and ask questions.
I have no personal intention to run for mayor or council in the Rockhampton elections next year, I believe I can make a bigger and more valuable contribution from an external perspective.
One question I would like answered from each candidate, mayoral and divisional councillors, is this:
'What is your position on the matter of divisional voting in local government elections?'
I firmly and strongly believe that as a voter who lives, works and invests in the entire city, I want the right to vote for every councillor and the mayor, not just the councillor in the division in which I live.
I would love for all mayoral and councillor candidates to present their views on this topic and, if you agree with me, make a public announcement that you will work towards changing the status quo in time for the next election (2019?) if you win your division.
I left my run too late to have this changed for the 2016 election because I had been given advice that non divisional voting would be the way we would vote in the 2016 elections.
Councillors, however, currently are the ones that decide this matter (as I understand it from my enquiries), making it very difficult for the status quo to be changed.
Whether you agree with my thinking on divisional/non divisional voting, I do implore and encourage you to really look at our awesome region, identify issues that ARE council responsibility you feel should be prioritised that currently are low on the list and speak to your divisional candidates and all mayoral candidates and ask them what their position/opinion is on the matter and why/what other factors are influencing their reasoning for your issue to be left low on the list of priorities (if indeed this is the case)
Finally, I feel quite strongly on the issue of changing the voting system in Rockhampton to non divisional voting and if you agree with me, I'd love to connect up to discuss how we can work together to promote the true value in having a right to vote for all councillors and not just the one in the division in which we live.


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