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Election time

Tony Penna

The Federal Election is in full-swing, and it was great to have a full house for our recent “Meet the Candidates” event. Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) has been holding these events for 20 years and it is rare when we don’t achieve a full house.

We heard from our current representative, Josh Burns from the Labor party, Steph Hodgins-May from the Greens and Colleen Harkin from the Liberal party.

At times the discussion became a little heated as some candidates didn’t appreciate what was being said. But I must admit there were a few too many attacks on each other than I would have liked.

It is said that our seat of Macnamara is very much a contest between Greens and Labor. Labor is sitting on a margin of 4.9 per cent with only 6.4 per cent between Greens and Labor.

I was impressed with all the candidates and their ability to put their case forward. Although Josh was a clear stand-out, but he certainly has the runs on the board having been the incumbent.

The audience asked some great questions, and many stayed behind afterwards to speak with candidates separately.

We will also hold another event for the state election later this year.

Postal voting has just opened. If you missed our event and would love the hear what the candidates had to say, you can watch the live stream we recorded on the night here: southbankresidents.org.au/meet-the-candidates.

The intersection of City Rd and Power St is still high on our agenda. We will be meeting with the Department of Transport in the second week of May for an update on the planned works.

We have also been raising resident concerns with the corner of Kavanagh and Power streets.

We are quietly hopeful we will be seeing a red light and speed camera installed on that intersection.

While this is not the long term solution to the problem it might go a long way to improve driver behaviour.

May 16-22 is National Volunteer Week. I would like to extended a massive thank you to all of our volunteer committee members who work tirelessly to keep SRA functioning, ensuring our community is represented. Also, a big thank you to the countless other volunteers throughout our community. Without volunteers our communities and neighbourhoods wouldn’t function as they do. Volunteering is a valuable and often critical resource to the fabric of a functioning society. Let’s not overlook the efforts of volunteers that you may know. During this week, reach out and give them a hug as a small sign of your appreciation for their efforts. I am sure it will be well received

Speaking of volunteering, our annual general meeting (AGM) is only a few months away. If you would love to expand your experience or learn new skills, we would welcome your involvement with our volunteer community organisation.

If you are interested in what we do and what opportunities may be available for yourself, please reach out to us at [email protected].

I am sure you will enjoy your time and make some new friends along the way. As usual, if you wish to become a member and support our great works, then please visit our website •

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