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NSW state election 2019: quiz your candidates

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The NSW state election is on Saturday March 23, 2019. Photo NSW Electoral Commission

Pill testing, renewable energy, short-term holiday letting, koala protection and of course, our pot-holed roads. These are just some of the hottest state election issues on the Northern Rivers. Other local concerns include West Byron, water mining, and homelessness.

Broader state policies on education, mental health, child protection, and cannabis laws are also fodder for political debate.

Every vote counts

But what gets your goat (or vote)? The Echo, Bay FM and COREM want to know.

The three Northern Rivers-based groups have teamed up to present Ballina: Meet the Candidates, a community forum where you could ask the politicians vying for your vote exactly what they plan to do.

Your questions aired on Bay FM

Bring a gold coin to the Byron Community Theatre on Monday, March 18, from 6pm and hear all four candidates for the seat of Ballina share their promises and policies.

Plenty of time will be allocated for audience questions: email them to [email protected] for your chance to be heard.

There will also be time for extra questions on the night.

The forum will be aired live on Bay FM 99.9.

Film: A Call to Climate Action

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will help heat the room with a screening of his short documentary A Call to Climate Action in Australia.

Produced by environmental group 350.org, the film drives home the power of joining together and the urgent need to divest from fossil fuels.

Former ABC radio host Angela Catterns will emcee the evening.

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