Meet the Candidates – Storify by travisaholland Posted on August 29, 2012 Tweet [<a href=”http://storify.com/travisaholland/meet-the-candidates” target=”_blank”>View the story “Meet the Candidates” on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Meet the Candidates</h1> <h2>Bowral Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidates’ forum on August 28, 2012, just a fortnight before the 2012 Wingecarribee Shire election. </h2> <p>Storified by Travis Holland · Tue, Aug 28 2012 16:54:21</p> <div>The audience was slow to arrive. In the end, about 100 people turned up, but many came in late. Aside from journalists and candidates, only a very small number were under 50. </div> <div>Note: this is as I reported the event on Twitter. My phone battery quit before it finished, and I’ll write up the rest in a separate post at www.highlandsvotes.com. </div> <div>About 50 people here so far. Many of them are candidates. Probably not the turn out hoped for #earlydaysyet</div> <div>prob 60-70 in the audience. Bowral chamber president introduces, welcomes. 2STs Graeme Day hosting</div> <div>5 min address per candidate, followed by questions. Most teams + Gair here</div> <div>All teams plus independent solo candidate Duncan Gair were present. Only Jim Mauger was absent. The nigh started with a 5 minute address from each candidate.</div> <div>G McLaughlin up first. Talking of legacy of following Phil Yeo and privilege of representing c’Ty. Talks jobs</div> <div>J Arkwright up next. Only female on Council. Strongly applauded</div> <div>Ark big on finance. Promoting the role of litigation funder IMF in keeping legal action going over CDO losses</div> <div>Greens repped by Maree Byrne. Talks future gens. Important that we make right decisions. Council is large and complex business</div> <div>Whipper up now. Ack to country. No Kmart! Upset by more market proposals. Oppose longwall mining and #csg</div> <div>Andrews up now. Emphasises his local family history, role in sport and business ownership</div> <div>Stranger up. Talks youth, families, jobs, community services. Wants to utilise the enterprise zone</div> <div>Uliana at the Mic. Talks up his businesses and team strength.</div> <div>Uliana will develop an infrastructure business plan.</div> <div>Turland talks up his family history in the shire. Wants jobs to get his family (children + grandchildren) to move back. That means jobs.</div> <div>Scandrett now. The election comes down to skills and background, not just ideas. Council should focus on servicen</div> <div>Last speaker is solo candidate, Cr Gair. Says its all been said and its all been promised and its all expensive. Reads leaflet</div> <div>The candidate statements were followed by submitted questions from the audience.</div> <div>Pre-submitted questions: Who are the candidates? Day says "here they are"</div> <div>Q to Arkwright, what percentage of success fee is to be paid to IMF. Ark says its not 40% and we must get something</div> <div>This question came from Terry Oakes-Ash, who says no one has ever answered how much money is being paid to litigation funders IMF if the case is won. This is in relation to Council’s long running battle over investment losses during the global financial crisis. </div> <div>Ark will not say what success fee to IMF is</div> <div>Arkwright did allege the 2004-08 Council (she was elected in 2008) was “duped”. This upset Duncan Gair.</div> <div>Duncan Gair says: "we weren’t duped" on CDO investments .</div> <div>The next questioner wanted to know about the possibility of turning Bong Bing St, Bowral, into a pedestrian mall. This came on the back of a number of candidates mentioning a need to redo the Shire’s streetscapes. </div> <div>Q seeking to make Bong Bong St into ped mall. Larry Whipper says RMS won’t allow it.</div> <div>Q re Aboriginal input to Council policies + cultural centre. Whipper says Advisory Council was dysfunctional</div> <div>Q on Mittagong Bowling trust. Uliana says he hopes to meet with the Attorney Gen soon. Andrews wants to retain the building</div> <div>A number of Councillors had their input on the Mittagong Bowling Club debate. But, this where my battery quit. I did take paper notes, and will write them up in a separate post. </div> Tweet Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInMoreEmailPrintReddit Related This entry was posted in 2012 Council Election and tagged Bowral, bowral chamber of commerce, bowral memorial hall, candidates, meet the candidates, storify. Bookmark the permalink.