Newcastle local government election 2017 mayoral candidates in their words | video

IT’S been five long years since Newcastle last voted in a full council election.

In that time there have been corruption inquiries, resignations, by-elections, insolvency fears, rate hikes and merger proposals.

In that time the council’s also found time to govern. There’s been progress on the Bather’s Way upgrades, and the city’s much-vaunted renewal has continued with impressive results.

There have also been controversial decisions like the council’s support for a Supercars race in the city’s east end and the decision to cut ties with lending institutions that support the fossil fuel industry

More than anything, this election has been fought on finances. The pro-business Newcastle Independent ticket supports capping rate increases because, they say, the council is collecting too much money.

Labor and the Greens say that’s a dangerous policy that risks undoing the progress made since 2012. 

In the lead up to Saturday’s vote, the Newcastle Herald’s politics reporter Michael McGowan sat down with three of the seven candidates on the ballot to discuss their plans for the next term. 

The three candidates – incumbent lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes, independent Kath Elliott and Greens Therese Doyle – were selected because it’s expected that they will surpass 10 per cent of the total vote.

The Liberal Party’s candidate David Compton was disendorsed by the party before the interviews took place. 

Nuatali Nelmes (Labor)

Nuatali Nelmes (Labor)

Kath Elliott (Independent)

Kath Elliott (Independent)

Therese Doyle (Greens)

Therese Doyle (Greens)