Council releases electoral engagement resource

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Hobsons Bay Council has released a new tool to help voters stay informed about where state election candidates are committing their funding in the area.

The tracker would include pledges relating to council-owned services, properties or advocacy priorities of all lower house candidates for the Williamstown, Point Cook and Laverton electorates.

To be included, pledges must be new projects or commitments, have an associated funding amount, or contain enough detail to understand exactly what is being funded and relate to board-owned services, properties, or advocacy priorities.

Hobsons Bay Mayor Peter Hemphill said the aim of the tool was not to endorse any candidate or party, but to be a transparent resource to help residents understand where candidates were committing funding and support.

“There is often a lot of noise around elections and it can be difficult to know who is promising what,” he said.

“We created this resource to help our community get a clearer picture of what’s on offer when they vote.

“I urge all residents of Hobsons Bay to visit the tracker and find out what is promised to their local community.”

All pledges are conditional and depend on the outcome of elections and future party budgets.

Details: www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/Advocacy-Priorities-2021-22/Victorian-Election-2022-Commitments-Tracker

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