Register sausage sizzles
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.
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