A NEWLY-formed group will host a special Meet the Candidates' Forum, for the upcoming federal election, at Murrurundi next month - the only one of its type in the region.
Convened by the Concerned Women of the Upper Hunter, the meeting - on Tuesday, May 7 - aims to make sure the people of the Upper Hunter have an opportunity to hear the views of the candidates and policies on the things that matter to them.
Spokesperson for the group, Pammie Seccombe, said May 18 was the date of a "critical" election.
"The candidates should also hear what the Upper Hunter is thinking and, more importantly, what issues need addressing," she explained.
"This forum is about giving the people of the Upper Hunter the opportunity to ask the tough questions and let all the candidates know what matters to them and their families.
"The stakes are high.
"It's important that we have all the information, on what matters, to make sure that the best candidate is elected to represent the views of the Upper Hunter.
"All candidates standing for the election have been invited."
For New England, independent Natasha Ledger will be first on the ballot, followed by Christian Democrats' Julie Collins, Labor's Yvonne Langenberg, incumbent Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, Greens' candidate Tony Lonergan, independents Adam Blakester and Rob Taber, and Clive Palmer United Australia Party candidate Cindy Ann Duncan is last.
The forum will take place in the Murrurundi CWA rooms at 6pm for a 6.30pm start and will be professionally moderated.
Questions are being sought in advance.
To register your interest and have your voice heard, email questions to Ms Seccombe at firstname.lastname@example.org