Oberon candidates under the spotlight at Oberon RSL to answer community questions

MEET A CANDIDATE: Oberon RSL is hosting an event where the community can ask candidates what they will do if elected on Council. Picture: FILE
MEET A CANDIDATE: Oberon RSL is hosting an event where the community can ask candidates what they will do if elected on Council. Picture: FILE

Oberon RSL will host a 'Meet the Candidates' event on Wednesday, November 17 from 6pm.

The purpose of the event is to help the community better understand each of the candidates and what they stand for and to enable residents and businesses to make informed decisions about who can best represent the community.

Itinerary

6pm: Welcome

6.10pm: Candidate Introductions - Each candidate is provided an opportunity to talk about their reasons for nominating and what they can bring to Council. Each candidate has a time allocation of 3.5 min (with a bell at three minutes).

  • Candidate introductions may Include but not be limited to:
  • What do you see as future key challenges for the Council and what solutions do you suggest? What is one big idea that you feel would be of benefit to the community or business community in Oberon
  • Do you have you any experience with business?
  • Regional businesses are facing acute labour shortages. How can we attract more people to our town to fill these shortages and be able to provide the housing and services they need? Roads to and from the Caves and the huge economic impact that this had for businesses and visitor economy. What can be done so that this attraction is not cut off constantly? How can you effect change within Council if elected?

7.05pm: Question time (From the Floor or MC)

As it is a business event, there should be a focus on questions that support the business community, but not necessary.

Questions - can be pre-sourced or taken directly from the floor (or both).

7:35pm: Thanks, wrap up and close

Areas for questions

  • Planning & Development (a housing strategy, is there enough land for housing and commercial, are there local planning delays that can be fixed).
  • Infrastructure (infrastructure plans, key infrastructure works that will provide better services and jobs to the community, telecommunications (does this need improvement), health, education).
  • Visitor Economy & Tourist attraction (What can be done by Council to enhance the visitation economy? Is more funding needed for tourism attraction or development?). Water Supply & Drought preparedness (Is our water supply sufficient to get through a long drought, is there a need for more infrastructure to save water, etc).
  • Business attraction and development.
  • Skills and labour attraction, housing affordability/availability.
  • Community services.