Welcome to the August edition of What Matters? New England Electorate (WMNEE) Newsletter. We aim to publish one each month to keep you in the loop with our progress.
Given the current restrictions we trialled using Zoom to hold a Kitchen Table Conversation (KTC) on 30 July, and it was rated as successful, so we are encouraging all those that have said they would host a KTC to consider doing it via Zoom. We will provide the Facilitator and Scribe and set the Zoom meeting up for you, so just contact Bar Finch, KTC Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org who will set all the wheels in motion.
For those who do not want to Host, but are keen to participate in a KTC, we will be holding two Zoom sessions on the following days and times.
- Monday 30th August at 6pm – 7.30pm
- Saturday 4th September at 1pm – 2.30pm
Just register your interest, specifying which day, with Bar Finch at email@example.com and we will send you the guidelines and the questions and when confirmed, the link to the zoom. If you want to invite a friend or two to the same KTC, get them to register as well.
Some of our members have seen an early release and thoroughly recommend it. The film will be released in mid-September, and we hope to be able to have screenings for our members (covid restrictions permitting). It is a great chance to make reform of Democracy an issue every politician has to confront in the next federal election.
Is our democracy for sale? #BigDeal is a wake-up call about the frightening extent to which money has infiltrated Australian politics. #ChristiaanVanVuuren’s unlikely journey shows us why we should care, and how we might work together to ensure our democracy is safeguarded from being sold to the highest bidder. Directed by #CraigReucassel
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
We had planned on holding the AGM on the last weekend of September, but as we would really like to have members be able to attend in person, serious consideration is being given to moving the AGM to October. We will monitor the restrictions and let you know as soon as a decision is made.
Member spotlight — Joanne Stead
Joanne Stead is a mother of three who has lived in Tamworth since 1998. An artist and community project manager she is passionate about regional living. “One of my favourite things about my work within the arts and within community projects are the networks that develop around them.” Joanne is extremely concerned about the health of the environment and climate, and the future that will be passed on to the next generations. She believes that to make any progress on these issues we must be demanding more from our political leaders. She got involved in WMNEE to hold leaders accountable to genuine representation of their constituents.
Let’s uncover What Matters to New England.