Session offers voters chance to grill Ballina candidates

VOTERS in Ballina have a chance to grill their local politicians at a meeting this Friday organised by Australians in Retirement.

The meeting at the Ballina RSL will start at 10am and is open to the group's members as well as the general public.

It is expected to include candidates from all the major parties - Paul Spooner (Labor), Tamara Smith (Greens) and Kris Beavis (Nationals) - as well Ballina councillor Jeff Johnson, who is running in the State Election as an independent.

Each candidate will have 5-8 minutes to state their policies and answer questions put to them in advance of the meeting by Australians in Retirement.

Afterwards the meeting will be open to question from the audience.

Issues important to Australians in Retirement include:

  • rapidly increasing utilities charges
  • rising local and state government rates and taxes,
  • maintenance of concessions for NSW seniors,
  • and stamp duty relief for retirees downsizing their houses.

Local politicians vying for the state seat of Ballina were all also expected to attend a similar meeting organised by the Sourdough Group held at the Macadamia Castle last night.

The Sourdough Group meeting asked candidates, through its MC - Byron Bay real estate agent Chris Hanley - about their approaches to the local economy and their commitment to improving business sustainability, removing red tape and stimulating jobs growth.


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