Labor candidates will run for Camden Council

Council elections: The ALP will field candidates for Camden Council for the first time this year.
Council elections: The ALP will field candidates for Camden Council for the first time this year.

Camden voters will, for the first time, get the opportunity to vote for officially endorsed ALP candidates when local government elections are held in September.

Party members will nominate for election in each of the three Camden wards.

Camden Labor secretary Damien Quinnell said he had always held the view that council should not be politicised, but he was concerned after five Liberal councillors were elected in 2012.

“We have been encouraged to put forward Labor candidates by the community due to how this current council, with its extreme pro-development views and heritage destruction bent, has let down the community over the past four years,” he said.

“Without a strong opposition voice on council, debate and consultation would no longer exist and that is the case now.

“People have said to us that they want a strong voice within council to stand up and save Camden.”

Mr Quinnell said there would be strong Camden Labor candidates for each of the three wards.

“Camden Labor candidates will bring the values of the Labor Party, such as a focus on health, education, social justice and the environment to council.

“Importantly, we will properly listen to the community, while handling the immense pressures on Camden due to the ongoing residential growth in a consultative manner.”

Mr Quinnell said Liberal councillors had failed to listen to the community.

He was particularly critical of the Argyle Street improvement works, calling it a disaster.

“The way the paving has been handled resulted in some small businesses losing 40 per cent of their revenue during the works,” he said.

“And the removal of unbroken lines of Jacaranda trees.”

Mr Quinnell also criticised council’s handling of the milk factory development and the train extension through Harrington Park.

The candidates will be announced soon.

The ALP launch party will be held on Sunday, July 31 at Camden Golf Club from 1pm.