The non-partisan, pro-community representation group, Voices of Groom, will hold a forum next week for Independent candidates for the next Federal election.
The forum, to be held Saturday 30th October from 2-5 pm at Toowoomba City Library meeting rooms, will provide the opportunity for Independent candidates to present their credentials to the group and seek endorsement.
Voices of Groom Chair, Miss Meredith King said the forum, which will be open to the public and livestreamed on the group’s Facebook page, was aimed at uncovering an Independent candidate that would truly represent the people of Groom.
“We will ask all of the potential Independent candidates who’d like to present at the forum to answer five predetermined questions that we will give them beforehand, and they will have 5 minutes to present their answers for each question.
“The questions have been developed from our guiding principles, the research we have been doing, and the background of the collaborative, community focus of Voices of Groom,” she said.
“Once these Independent candidates have presented, Voices members will vote on which candidate they think will best represent the electorate of Groom, and we will endorse that person.”
Miss King stressed that any potential endorsement will not be financial. “Our members are free to go across to the endorsed candidate’s campaign team to provide volunteer assistance, but Voices of Groom will not provide any funds or access to our website.”
She added that members of Voices of Groom who were on the group’s mailing list by September 27 this year will be eligible to vote. However, all members of the public are encouraged to attend to listen to the potential candidate’s presentations.
Miss King urged anyone who was putting their hand up to run for the seat of Groom, and who was not a member of a political party, to register with Voices of Groom via email to receive the list of questions and a presentation spot at the forum.
“We will also need a biography and picture for publicity for the forum.”