Being a Ripon voter myself, I found it strange that, despite it always being said that it would be close, that
there was practically no 'publicity' from the 2 major parties.
I do not know what Louise (Liberal) or Sarah (Labor) had plans to do for Stawell or our area, as they didn't
tell us anything.
I received no posted information from either party, I did not even get the usual "Here is a postal
vote...remember me when you vote" application.
I got a generic "Labor will give you free Tafe and solar panels" card, in the letterbox.
I got nothing from the Liberals.
External adverts were just a picture of a face saying "vote for Louise" or "vote for Sarah".
During the last week of the election the newspaper had "You decide" as a headline, with a copy of the ballot
paper, but nothing inside giving me a reason to vote for anyone.
The apathy of our generation rang true for locals and our Council and the Labor candidate.
I could of dreamed up lots of anti-Liberal publicity.....
Sarah at the 'closed' Stawell station at 6am with Mrs Mac sitting outside in the cold, waiting for the bus in 4
degree temperatures in the rain...
Sarah at Ararat with hard hat and vest as the 'Fruity' takes an hour to run around at Pyrenees loop.
Sarah sitting in her car at a level crossing at Amphitheatre as the 'fruity' with its original 60 wagons
plods along at a 10 kph speed restriction on the new line, blocking the highway for 10 minutes !
Then she could have said that Louise did nothing to help our region in her 4 years in office, it has only gotten
But she didn't !!
Gee if she won by only a few votes and it took 10 days to recount the result, think of how many extra votes she
could have got in Stawell alone, if she promised to just re-man the station.
But she didn't !
Is she going to fight for the pass return to Horsham ???
Who knows, she never said.
Did our Council ask for promises of things to improve the town from its downward turn.
Not that I read about.
Did the locals write to the media, complain to the Council, write to Louise or Sarah ???
We were told nothing, we were obviously happy and couldn't care less, and what happens, happens !
I thought moving to a country town , the caring factor would be different then the apathy of Melbourne, but it
wasn't, and it is very sad to see....we are slowly dieing, and no one seems to care !
So SG or BG or DG ???
Pass to Horsham ??
Stawell station ??
Ararat triangle ??
We know nothing !!