If you want an inclusive and forward looking Council then follow the Ballarat Community Alliance‘s #BallaratVotes scorecard. Remember that your preferences matter and may influence the outcome in your ward, so make your vote count.
To make voting easier, we assessed candidates on how they will act on Aboriginal reconciliation, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, gender equity, housing affordability, disability rights, ageing and young communities, gambling harm reduction, unionism/workers rights, climate, environment and their commitment to working with the whole community.
We’d like to thank the volunteers who have helped make this possible and the candidates who generously answered surveys and participated in our forum. We’re glad that we got to know you better and we look forward to continuing to work with the incoming Council after the election.
The Ballarat Community Alliance is an association of progressive community organisations, advocating for a better Ballarat. We have worked furiously to get all this together. The questionnaire alone took 100’s of hours – put together by leaders from different groups and people with specialist knowledge, let alone making the intro video, putting a forum on, fundraising; co-creating values, objectives then a pledge; graphic design by volunteers, organising, meetings, score card etc. A mammoth task by an amazing group that usually don’t come together! It’s the first time Ballarat has had a united voice these issues during a local election. It’s the first time civil society has had a strong voice during a local election.
We assessed candidates based on their level of support for key asks around Aboriginal reconciliation, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, gender equity, housing affordability, disability rights, aging and young communities, gambling harm reduction and unionism/local workers, environment, climate, ICAN, support for cycling infrastructure and some others. This was measured through Rainbow votes score, answers to our candidate survey and pledge, ASU pledges, performance in forums, past voting record (climate, reconciliation, support for cycling, support for refugees, ICAN), their score for Ballarat Climate Action Networks questionnaire and assessment and past statements. We wanted at least 3 “green light” candidates in each ward because each ward has to elect 3 people – and one ward had a strong contingent that we had 4. The idea of the traffic light came from “A Forum for Democratic Renewal” based at Macedon Ranges who we got advice from. The draft scorecard was then put to the Ballarat Community Alliance for consensus. If we get time we’ll hopefully create a breakdown of each candidate which has areas where they can improve and what they did well.
Here’s some more people that have helped along the way and their story.