No-show by candidates angers Mullum
By Alex Easton
MULLUMBIMBY RSL Club director George Clothier has accused Richmond's major party candidates of snubbing his town after both declined invitations to speak at a candidates' forum tomorrow.
Mr Clothier said Dr Sue Page of the Nationals and Labor MP Justine Elliot were told of the forum about two weeks ago, but both declined to attend despite being prepared to participate in a similar forum at Byron Bay.
"You would think that kind of notice would be plenty of time," Mr Clothier said.
Asked about the forum, Ms Elliot and Dr Page both said they had prior commitments they could not break.
However, Mr Clothier said forum organiser Lisa McKenzie and the club directors would have been open to changing the date if either Ms Elliot or Dr Page had asked.
Mr Clothier said residents wanted to put their case for saving the Mullumbimby District Hospital, a big part of which may close when a new Byron Shire hospital is built at Ewingsdale, and hear what the candidates planned to do about it.
"This is a snub to Mullumbimby," Mr Clothier said. "I think the candidates should be there to front the public."
Despite the absence of major party candidates, several minor party candidates including the Greens' Giovanni Ebono and the Democrats' Scott Sledge will attend the forum at the Mullumbimby RSL tomorrow from 7.30pm.