Silent vigil to shine light on local issues
Monday, 9th August, 2010
A internet group aimed at giving everyday people a way to express their political opinions has gathered dedicated local supporters.
GetUp is an internet lobby group that allows members to voice their opinions on major issues such as the economy, immigration and climate change.
Bed and breakfast co-owner Hugh Gough is one local that has developed an interest in the group.
"It's really good for people to be able to express their views on popular issues with out too much effort," Mr Gough said yesterday.
One issue the busness owner feels strongly about is mental health. He thinks it is under-funded and that through the forum he and others can push for a change.
"(We'll be trying to) bring it to all the candidates in the upcoming election," he said.
Being enrolled to vote is another issue Mr Gough feels strongly about, and says 1.4 million Australians are not registered to vote.
"Even a invalid vote has a purpose as it shows that you are not happy with something.
"Broken Hill is a crucible of intelligent political thinkers."
He is taking part in a silent vigil tomorrow where locals are invited to hold candles in the hope of getting messages across to the eight Farrer candidates.
"A small group of concerned Broken Hill citizens who all have a connection with GetUp will be gathering at the Town Square at 5pm.
"The stronger the message to the candidates the better."
He said he also intended to invite the candidates.
"I intend to do so via the internet as soon as I can."
Another local interested in the GetUp group, Roger Edwards, said he too would be joining his mate at the vigil.
"The vigil is something I could support. And you don't have to be a member of GetUp to be involved in this. I'm just a concerned resident."