In the next few days, you will be receiving the postal vote forms and candidate statements in the mail for this year's council elections.
Benalla Sustainable Future Group urges all voters to prioritise those candidates who show concern about climate change and sustainability issues.
We believe that all levels of government have a duty of care for the future wellbeing of their citizens. It is recognised by most people that climate change and sustainability will have profound implications for our future wellbeing, and to this end, approximately 100 local government jurisdictions in Australia have already expressed their concerns by declaring a Climate Emergency.
BSFG acknowledges that people are concerned about many localised issues, when it comes to choosing their preferred councillors, but we firmly believe that decisions made, and actions taken, at a local level have a significant impact on the wider community. Bearing this in mind, we believe that Benalla Rural City urgently needs councillors with the vision to not only develop plans to adapt to climate change, but also to be proactive in formulating plans to mitigate climate change, and actively support measures that are more sustainable in the long term.
On behalf of BSFG,
Peter Holmes (President)