Democracy is always well served when voters have plenty of opportunity to ‘meet’ the candidates in more depth and get below the surface level of information candidates provide in brochures.

In this South Gippsland [Shire] Council election, voters have had two very important opportunities.

One is through a 45-minute podcast created by Craig Privett with each willing candidate. These podcasts can be accessed at craigprivett.com.au.

The second is through one of the three online candidate forums facilitated by Colin Pidd and Jen Young on behalf of The Chamber of Commerce in Foster, Leongatha Business Association, Korumburra Round Table, Mirboo North Country Development and the Community House in Venus Bay. Jeanette White from Mirboo North also assisted with the Tarwin Valley forum.

Congratulations to everyone involved, but particularly Colin Pidd, Jen Young and Craig Privett for your voluntary efforts and skill that have shone a light on democracy in South Gippsland.

Noelene Cosson, Korumburra.