POLL SENDS MESSAGE
THE Alfred Cove Action Group (ACAG) has often been described by its opponents as a small elitist minority of agEing NIMBYs.
The recent local council elections tell a different story.
Following a campaign by ACAG to raise public awareness of serious issues, the overall poll for Melville increased from 27 per cent of the electorate in the 2015 poll to 37 per cent last month, a reflection of substantial community concern.
In this election, ACAG identified six independent candidates with values aligned to ACAG’s.
Of these six, four were elected.
Significantly three of these defeated incumbent supporters of the mayor.
In the wards contested by these six candidates, together they attracted 33 per cent more votes than their closest rivals.
This is a powerful message to the mayor and the City’s executive that their conduct and policies may be out of step with community expectations of their local government.