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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

A Better Eurobodalla meets with Election 2021 candidates

A Better Eurobodalla (ABE) are a community forum dedicated to having open, accountable and responsive government in our region. A Better Eurobodalla (ABE) is not a campaign team, but a forum, where issues of importance can be shared and understood. ABE has been meeting with Councillors who have indicated that they will be standing for re-election in the September 2021 Local Government elections.

ABE co-convenors Brett Stevenson & Bernie O’Neil met with Mayor Innes on Monday 1 March on the understanding that she would be standing for re-election. However Councillor Innes, who was accompanied at the meeting by Council’s General Manager, would not confirm whether she would be a candidate in September’s council elections. So the meeting was brief and the Mayor was invited to contact ABE again if, and when, she decides to stand for re-election.

On 29 March, ABE met with Deputy Mayor Rob Pollock, who confirmed he will be seeking re-election. Councillor Pollock identified his three main issues for the Council leading up to the September election as completing the Bateman’s Bay Regional Aquatic Arts and Leisure Centre; completing the link road from Bateman’s Bay through Malua Bay and improving coordination of tourism across the shire. The new Eurobodalla Hospital was also mentioned as an important issue.

On 31 March, ABE met with Councillor Anthony Mayne, who also intends to stand for re-election. Councillor Mayne’s priority issues are improving transparency in Council decision-making and ways of conducting Council business; adopting best practice, informed development across the shire; and employment growth in Eurobodalla with a view to supporting jobs of the future.

More information about these, and other candidates, will appear on the ‘Candidates’ page of the ABE website ( in the coming weeks as they continue to meet with current councillors who intend to stand again, as well as new candidates who will be standing for the first time.

If you know of anyone who is thinking of standing for Council in September’s elections ask them to get in contact with

Do you own a holiday house in the Eurobodalla or do you know someone who does?

The non-resident electoral roll is now open for non-resident property owners or lessees to register to vote. Registration forms are available on Eurobodalla Council’s website. For an individual owner or lessee, then this is the correct form to use. For multiple owners or lessees, just one of the owners or lessees needs to be nominated to go on the electoral roll, and this is the correct form to use.

Above: Your vote is important. Make it count to ensure the Council represents your values and your needs and not the vision of staff who were not elected.

As Eurobodalla Shire is not divided up into wards, ignore the questions on these forms which mention wards.

Please note that the forms on Council’s website are normal PDF files which cannot be edited, so they must be printed out before being manually filled in. ABE has created editable versions of these files that can be filled in electronically and these are available on our website here and here. Council has advised that digital signatures cannot be used on the editable forms, so once filled in, the forms need to be printed out for signing before being scanned and emailed, or posted, to Council.

Registration forms can be submitted up until 26th July 2021, but it is advisable to get them in well before this date.

More information on voting HERE

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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