Reg­is­ter sausage siz­zles

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Louise Alling­ham

Pil­bara res­i­dents plan­ning to put on an elec­tion day sausage siz­zle at their lo­cal polling place are be­ing en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter online to let vot­ers know where to grab the clas­sic Aussie snack.

Sausage siz­zle en­thu­si­ast Grant Cast­ner runs elec­tion­sausa­ge­siz­zle.com.au, a web­site that com­piles a list of polling places around the na­tion that will have a sausage siz­zle, cake stall or other fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties set up.

The web­site re­ceived so many hits on vot­ing day for the 2013 Fed­eral elec­tion, it crashed be­fore 9am.

Mr Cast­ner has no stalls reg­is­tered for the Pil­bara yet, but said sausage siz­zles were es­sen­tial on any elec­tion day.

North West Ex­press Mo­bile Butcher owner Larry Brewer said a sausage siz­zle on elec­tion day would be “per­fect”.

“Ev­ery­one loves sausages — the more sausages, the bet­ter.”

Mr Cast­ner said sausage siz­zles were an in­te­gral part of Aus­tralian democ­racy, aris­ing from a unique blend of three in­gre­di­ents.

“The bread is com­pul­sory vot­ing ... the sauce gives ev­ery­one a lit­tle more time and par­ents of­ten bring their hun­gry kids along ... the key in­gre­di­ent, the sausage, is that in­stead of us­ing bor­ing gov­ern­ment build­ings as polling places, we use vi­brant schools, churches, scout dens and lo­cal halls.

“The re­sult is a mouth­wa­ter­ing op­por­tu­nity to raise funds from out­side the im­me­di­ate com­mu­nity (and that) sounds like a great recipe to me.”

Mr Cast­ner said the ob­jec­tive of elec­tion­sausa­ge­siz­zle.com.au was to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in the demo­cratic process and sup­port lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

“Sausage siz­zles, cake stalls, cof­fee vans and mar­kets on elec­tion day en­cour­age us to vote and sup­port our lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

To reg­is­ter your bar­be­cue, cake stall or fundrais­ing event, head to http://snag.vote.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Handy Hands’s Si­mon Bow­man with some of the treat­ment op­tions for the fun­gus killing golden cane palms.

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