Council election candidates urged to ‘keep it nice’

TASMANIA’S minister for Local Government says he is 500-plus candidates who have put their names forward in the hopes of being elected to serve their communities through this month’s council elections, which includes 18 candidates for the Derwent Valley Council and 11 for the Central Highlands Council.

“These candidates should be respected for their efforts and contributions, but must also be accountable for their behaviour,” Minister Nic Street said. “It has been disappointing to see a number of personal attacks on candidates, as well as vandalism of campaign property,” he said.

“Individuals that hold public office at all levels of government should be held to high standards in terms of behaviour. They are leaders in the community and are relied upon to represent, and make important decisions on behalf of, the community.

“This standard extends to candidates and it is incumbent upon all councillors and candidates to treat people fairly and with respect. Bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable in any forum and have no place in our society.

“It is critical that councillors and candidates behave in a way that meets community expectations. Any form of vandalism is unacceptable and should be reported to Tasmania Police. The non-emergency Police Assistance Line is 131 444.

The polling period for council elections runs from October 3 to October 25. It is compulsory for anyone enrolled on the state electoral roll to vote. Further details are available on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission’s website.

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