THE five candidates vying to win the top job in the upcoming City of Sydney elections will face-off in a Q&A style event tonight.

Incumbent Independent Mayor Clover Moore, Labor’s Linda Scott, the Liberal Party’s Christine Forster, Greens’ Lindsay Johnston and Sydney Matters Independent Angela Vithoulkas will go head to head in a ‘meet the candidates’ forum which will be screened live on Facebook and will allow the candidates to speak directly to their constituents.

Hosted by legal firm Lander & Rogers and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association (SGBLA), the discussion will be moderated by Star Observer’s chair Sebastian Rice.

Each candidate will be given three minutes to tell the audience about their plans for the city and why people should vote for them, the moderator will then open the discussion up to audience questions.

“This is an important election for the City,” Mark Haines, SGLBA President, said.

“There has been some contention relating to the change of voting rules, allowing businesses to get two votes each.

“Oxford Street is flagging, and the lock-out laws are biting.  These issues affect business in wat is the engine room of the nation.

“SGLBA believes it is important to provide a forum at which business owners and residents alike, both LGBTI and allies, can engage with the Lord Mayoral candidates on topics that concern them, and to hear what each team’s vision is for the future of the city.”

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— SGLBA (@sglba) August 7, 2016

The council elections, which typically happen once every four years, are scheduled for Saturday September 10, and will allow voters in the City of Sydney electorate to elect a new team of Councillors, with a separate vote for Mayor.

The event is free for SGLBA members. Tickets are $15 for non-members and registration is essential for people wanting to attend in person. The SGBLA will host a Facebook Live video stream of the event on its Facebook page.

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