IT'S time to make your mark on the immediate future of the country.
September 7 is election day and polling booths will be open throughout the local area.
Where to go:
- Naracoorte Town Hall
- Naracoorte South Primary School
-Coonawarra Soldiers Memorial Hall
- Frances Soldiers Memorial Institute
- Lucindale Memorial Hall
- Padthaway Primary School
- Penola RSL Hall.
Polling booths will be open from 8am-6pm.
Who is in the running?
While Kevin Rudd vs Tony Abbott is the dominant battle on TV screens and in the metropolitan newspapers, the electorate of Barker itself has more relevant candidates.
The Liberal Party's Tony Pasin, a solicitor from Mount Gambier, Labor's Phil Golding, a retired social worker from Millicent, Nationals candidate Miles Hannemann, a farmer from Keith, Independent candidate Richard Sage, mayor of the District Council of Grant, Family First's Kristin Lambert, Greens' Mark Keough and Palmer United Party's Balwinder Singh Jhandi are the seven candidates.
What is the Barker electorate?
Barker covers an area of about 63,886 sq km, from Morgan in the north to Port MacDonnell in the south. The eastern boundary is the SA border.
It includes the Upper and Lower SE, the Mallee, the Riverland, the Murrayland and most of the Barossa Valley.
The towns of Barmera, Berri, Bordertown, Keith, Kingston SE, Loxton, Mannum, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Nuriootpa (part), Penola, Renmark, Tanunda (part), Tailem Bend, and Waikerie are in the division.
The elected candidate will be only the ninth member for Barker since its first proclaimed election in 1903. The seat has been held throughout by the Liberal Party.