Meet the Candidates Forums in Lismore and Tweed next week
It's your chance to ask the questions and voice your concerns to local candidates in the lead up to the September 7 federal election.
Northern Rivers Social Development Council are holding a Pre-Election Forum for the citizens of Page on Thursday, August 29 at Lismore Workers Club.
In partnership with The Family Centre, NRSDC will also be holding another forum for Richmond on Tuesday August 27 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
These forums have been set up to give people in the community an opportunity to voice their concerns about current social issues and present ideas for positive social change, as well as allow candidates to talk about how they plan to address these challenges and outline their vision for our region, NRSDC have said.
NRSDC CEO Tony Davies said some key social issues have not yet had a chance to emerge on the political parties' election platforms and action needed to be taken to ensure people in regional communities have an opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
"Issues such as homelessness, affordable housing, education, mental and dental health, parenting and Newstart payments and community services need to tackled by whichever party takes control of government after the election," Mr Davies said.
"So far, the major political parties have ignored the issue of homelessness in their election promises. We need both parties to recommit to the target of halving homelessness by 2020."
"A key step towards that is a commitment to another four-year national partnership on homelessness."
The recently released draft Northern Rivers Regional Social Plan outlines many of the issues needing to be addressed in order to create a healthy region with employment and educational opportunities in which children and young people, as well as people with disabilities can reach their fullest potential.
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has also outlined its proposals for the first 100 days of new government and many of these proposals reflect social issues affecting our region.
"These issues are having an increasing impact on health and wellbeing across our community and cracks are appearing in our social foundations."
"This Pre-election Forum is an ideal opportunity for our community to share their experiences, concerns and ideas with the Page candidates. We welcome and encourage everyone to come along and have a say," Mr Davies said.
The Page Pre-election Forum will be held on Thursday, August 29, from 6-8 pm at the Lismore Workers Club.
The Richmond Pre-election Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 27, from 5-7 pm at the Tweed Heads Civic & Cultural Centre.