Article in Geelong Advertiser: “Residents, you can have a say”

This clipping is from the 20 August 2020 issue of The Geelong Advertiser Digital Edition. To subscribe, visit


Geelong Advertiser – Thursday 20 Aug 2020 – Page 11

Ratepayers are being urged to make their voices heard before the City of Greater Geelong council elections by completing a survey to guide candidates on what the community wants from their representatives.

About 500 people have completed the 25-question Geelong community survey, with responses still being accepted until Saturday, August

One of the survey organisers, Sanja Van Huet, said the group was hoping to hear more from residents in the municipality’s northern suburbs; and the youth, who were so far underrepresented in the survey.

“Having your say and your voice heard is an important part of participating in democracy ,” Ms Van Huet said.

“I hope more people from across Geelong will have their say, especially young people and people living in the northern suburbs of Geelong.”

Ms Van Huet said the results of the survey would be summarised and shared with all respondents and candidates for the council elections, which are scheduled for October.

“We hope the information will help the next councillors to understand and represent community views on issues, and that candidates will be scrutinised according to their responses to the issues identified by this survey,” Ms Van Huet said.

The survey was launched by “a group of locals who love the Geelong region and are passionate about nurturing our local democracy” , who claim to have no affiliations with any council election candidates.

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