Park Beach residents ready to vote

COFFS HARBOUR residents heading to the polls on Saturday now know what to expect from each of the candidates.

The Park Beach Community Group organised a meet-the-candidates public forum at Park Beach Bowling Club on Sunday when each of the State political hopefuls attended.

Community group president Jenny Grant said the forum was organised because there were a number of issues affecting Park Beach residents including crime, youth, community building and development.

“We wanted to ensure our Park Beach residents were well informed of the different policies of the candidates,” Ms Grant said.

“We only had a small turn-up of people – I counted 32 – but what I’ve noticed is there is a particular demographic that attends these forums.

“The people there were in the middle-aged category. I wasn’t disappointed with the attendance because the people there were curious, interested and animated.

“They were given different perspectives on the responses to crime and youth issues and on the majority of issues, all candidates reached common ground.

“On preventing crime there were different approaches and ideologies, in particular when talking about juvenile crime.”

Ms Grant said she hoped those who attended now had the information and knowledge to inform them when they voted on Saturday.

“I do think each of the candidates did make an impression.”

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