How we began
A strong democracy needs participation
Voices of Mackellar (VOM) was formed in July 2020 by a group of local women - mothers, sisters, daughters and friends all with strong links to their community - in July 2020. They established the group based on inspiration from those who had done the same in the electorates of Indi and Warringah.
Their aims were to firstly enable residents of Mackellar to have their voices heard through the Kitchen Table Conversation (KTCs) model of community consultation used by similar Voices organisations. Secondly, they wanted to use the results of the KTCs to build a stronger dialogue between them and local political representatives.
The strong desire by the majority of the founding Committee for VOM to remain non-partisan and to engage with whoever is the representative for Mackellar, (irrespective of which political party they are part of) meant that some left the Committee to pursue their objective to back an independent.
What we've done so far
In late 2020 and through the first half of 2021, Voices of Mackellar volunteers spoke to almost 500 members of the voting public in mostly small group conversations about what they valued in their communities, what issues concerned them most and what they looked for in their political representatives. Collated into the Mackellar Matters Report, these views were shared with our current Federal, State and local representatives.
VOM hosted a number of events,forums and panel discussions following the launch of the Mackellar Matters Report. The events were based on the key findings of the Report, focusing on topics of major concern to the community such as environment, climate change, political integrity and development.
What we're doing now
For its 2022 Mackellar Matters report, Voices of Mackellar is again collecting these views through a convenient and online community survey. The Report will be shared with every candidate vying for the chance to be the next representative for Mackellar.
What we're hoping to achieve
Engage the community and candidates in conversation by providing platforms and events like KTCs and Live Panel conversations that drive informed voting
Encourage further understanding and appreciation of democratic process
As a non partisan organisation - invite those that remain on the outer edge of politics to lean in to the goings on that impacts their community
Create a level of accountability for representatives to be available to, and aware of the interests and concerns of those they represent