Some of the first votes in this year’s federal election are being cast in the Central Arnhem Land community of Bulman in the Northern Territory.
Bulman is one of more than 400 remote communities the Australian Electoral Commission will travel to over the next two weeks to ensure people in our most remote communities get the opportunity to have their say.
The Australian Electoral Commission’s Mick Sherry said historically voter turnout in remote communities is low.
‘It’s particularly important the AEC actually comes out to these communities to give the people here the opportunity to vote.
‘We are going to most communities that have people in a community of ten or more, so we’ve got a vast reach to give everyone the opportunity to vote in this election,’ he said.
Of about 275 residents in Bulman, 130 of them are registered to vote.
Voters will have their say in the Northern Territory seat of Lingiari, which is now a marginal seat after a considerable swing against sitting Labor member Warren Snowdon at the last election.
Key election issues for Bulman voters are housing, education, health and roads.
Bulman schoolteacher Annette Miller said: ‘When the intervention came in it let us down so we are wanting to seek these promises that people are giving to make some changes, especially in housing, education and health.’
‘Every year is the same – there’s promises given by ALP and CLP but it never changes, it’s always the same,’ she said.