AS PART of their investigations into the best candidates to represent them for the next four years on council, voters will be able to check out the sitting councillors attendance records on the VEC website.
Along with a question and answer session with candidates, councillors will be asked to provide their attendance record, represented by a percentage figure for the amount of meetings their attended in this term of office.
If last Wednesday is any indication, voters might do well to check the attendance records of Crs Wright, Brown and Phillips who failed to attend a public presentation and question session last Wednesday.
Cr Phil Wright and Kimberley Brown are expected to re-nominate for election. Cr Andrew Phillips is not standing.
What was discussed?
Several important issues were discussed including a presentation by the Wonthaggi Community Focus Group which has spent three days mapping out an exciting future for Wonthaggi over the past month.
Twenty people from a broad cross-section of the community participated and three community members made a presentation to council about what was achieved.
But perhaps it was Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association Vice President Terry Earl who said it best.
“I think it was brilliant. A lot was achieved be I for one will be jumping up and down if that report lies on a dusty shelf without any action taking place,” Mr Earl.
The proof will be in the pudding there.
Film projection worries
Also raised was concern about what’s going to happen to the film projection equipment at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre after the departure of cinema operator Keith Stevens.
“There’s a degree of uncertainty about what will happen to the equipment in the cinema,” said Fine Film Group President Larry Hills.
“We feel strongly that the equipment should be retained, that if it is lost to the community centre, it will take a long time to be replaced.”
Mr Hills said a ‘Save Our Cinema’, ‘Support Our Cinema’ campaign might be launched to raise funds for the equipment. He said the community could also look at launching a ‘Crowd Funding’ campaign to pay for that equipment to be retained.
CEO Paul Buckley assured the group, which has 220 paid-up members and 100 other regulars, that the council had already had detailed discussions with Mr Stevens.
Robert Smith art collection
The session also featured a presentation by local art groups’ representative Wendy Crellin, about the offer of 606 pieces of art by art historian Robert Smith. A collection that has been independently valued at up to $1.25 million. Council will vote this Wednesday night to accept or reject the offer.