SA’s local gov elections are just around the corner. CoCreate Adelaide is co-hosting the City Grill forum in the CBD, the Central Ward of Adelaide City Council.
This aims to be the one page you need to visit to get clued in about elections in the city.
Council voting in SA is not compulsory. It is postal; you will get a letter if you are registered, around 20th October, and have about a week to post it back.
If you were registered for the state elections, you are registered as a resident for council elections at the same location. (You can also register as a business owner or property owner, but the window for that has long passed… if you aren’t sure if you did this, you didn’t. These don’t carry over from other elections. If you did – hurray!)
De-mystifying City Council elections: 101 with CityMag. What does council even do, and why should you care? Ward vs Area Councillors, and what does the Mayor do?
See the City Council Ward Map (pdf) to work out your Ward. Adelaide City Council includes the city square, North Adelaide and the parklands.
I am crossing my fingers the postal vote letter explains how voting and preferences actually work, because it seems pretty mysterious so far.
City Council’s own website is the easiest way to get the basics, including contact details for most of your would-be representatives. See the list of City Council candidates.
Read the CityMag 101 article to get a handle on the Mayor/Ward/Area system. City Grill is focusing on Lord Mayor and Central Ward (CBD) candidates. If you vote anywhere in the city you can also vote for Area Councillors.
I have tracked down campaign pages for the City Grill candidates (below).
(For other councils, see SA’s official database on council candidates, on the LGA Association website.)
If you read nothing else, squiz the CityMag interviews with Lord Mayor candidates (or at least the 4 of 5 who had announced their intent at time of publishing).
The Tiser did a good one too, in The City I think (with all 5), but I couldn’t find it online. Tiser, you loose. (And unfortunately so does Kelly H!)
- Stephen Yarwood (incumbent) campaign page
- Mark Hamilton (current councillor) campaign page
- Martin Haese campaign page
- Kelly Henderson campaign page
- Michael Henningsen (current councillor) info on Council page (no website? He has one of the highest votes of all current councillors, so he must be doing something right!)
- David Slama see Council page
- Houssam Abiad (incumbent) campaign page
- Megan Hender (incumbent) see Council page
- Nathan Sree Facebook campaign page
- Robert Fletcher Facebook campaign page
- David Beattie campaign page
- Oliver Totani Facebook campaign page
- Laury Bais see Council page
Articles, commentary and more candidates
To be honest, I haven’t found much worth sharing. CityMag have been the exception to the rule, but not all of their articles are online. Please post any favourites you have as comments and I’ll gladly share and edit them in.
- Do your reps even show up? I’m not a stickler for superficial numbers, but I was very interested to read the contrasting attitudes of current councillors running for re-election, when grilled by The Australian about their attendance rates.
- CityMag also have good interviews with Robert Simms (Area), new to local gov, and Natasha Malani (Area), who wants another 4 years to continue what she has started in her first term.
- The South West Residents’ Association collected responses (pdf) from their relevant candidates (South Ward, Area, Mayor)… I think these fairly direct questions (and the things that go unsaid) are some of the most telling.
More, you want more!? Well here you are…
- Mayoral candidate Martin Haese hasn’t been on Council before, but that hasn’t stopped him growing a following… including these Rundle Mall buskers who wrote him a campaign song!
- “We need a deeper, more socially embedded democracy based on active and engaged citizenship“, an article by UK’s LSE. I couldn’t agree with this statement more! It’s exactly why I’m doing City Grill.
- Not sure what the morals of the story are, but the vote count from City Council’s last election (pdf) will be of interest to the data nerds like me.
- The Local Gov Association publishes even more data (Excel file), on statewide election figures over the last couple decades. Interesting trends and comparisons for female representation, and the positive impact of postal voting on turnout.
Please, finding the best stuff isn’t easy, if you have other links that you think should be here, post a comment and I’ll share it around and add it in.
CoCreate Adelaide Facilitator (City Grill co-organiser)