News

Do pollies hear us? New group is out to make sure they do

The "Can You Hear Us?" project wants to shake the complacency of politicians and get voters thinking about real issues.
The "Can You Hear Us?" project wants to shake the complacency of politicians and get voters thinking about real issues.

NSW is mired in corruption - and our pollies are no longer listening to voters' issues, say a group of Lismore voters launching a bold experiment in democracy-building.

The Can You Hear Us? project is inspired by the Voice for Indi community campaign that saw Cathy McGowan's oust longstanding Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella, in last year's federal election.

With its name an echo of the Bentley Blockade's protest chorus, it has the support of high profile gasfields-free identity Ian Gaillard, and former mayor Ros Irwin.

But spokesperson Vicki Gaillard said the group's only agenda was to discover what the real issues were facing the 72,500 voters in the Lismore electorate.

"We want to get as wide a view from the community as we can," Mrs Gaillard said.

To do that, the group wants Lismore voters to stage their own "kitchen table" discussions.

"Listening posts" will also be set up at street corners and markets around the electorate, from Tenterfield to Lismore to Murwillumbah.

Voters' views will be wrapped into a "people's charter" which it's hoped will engage voters - or possibly underpin the campaign of an independent candidate.

"We may look to find an independent either from inside or outside a political party but the group honestly does not have anyone in mind," Mrs Gaillard said.

Topics:  nsw election, politics




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Where and when to vote in the federal election

federal election voting booth

Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Comprehensive list of polling booths in Richmond and Page

Shark measures at forefront of Lennox surf comp

Surfing competitors watched the conditions from the side lines last year after the event was suspended due to shark attacks.

SHARK measures in force for Lennox Oz Grom surf contest

Best food and wine on offer at Ballina this Sunday

HERE’S CHEERS: Organiser of the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival, Col Lee says there is a great day in store for those who attend the event tomorrow.

Rotary’s 'beaut’ festival to brighten your Sunday

Latest deals and offers

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?