POLL SENDS MES­SAGE

Melville Times - - Opinion -

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.

MARGO WARBURTON

Palmyra

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