Gunnedah residents will have the chance to question the people striving to represent them after the coming state election, at a local meet-the-candidates forum in early March.
Tentatively planned for the 6th, the forum will let voters gain "an understanding of what [the candidates] stand for", Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Stacey Cooke said.
The organisation is still locking down the details, but Ms Cooke said she urged people to consider their needs and goals, and take the time to go along to talk to the politicians.
"I encourage the local community to attend, because that way your voice is being heard, your concerns are being heard," Ms Cooke said.
"There’s nothing worse than sitting back saying, 'Why aren't they doing this or that?'
"By going to these things, you have the opportunity to say: 'This is important to me; where do you stand on it?'"
The current field of candidates is incumbent Kevin Anderson, for the Nationals; Shooters, Fishers, Farmers' Jeff Bacon; Greens' Robin Gunning; Animal Justice Party’s Emma Hall; Labor's Steven Mears and independent Mark Rodda.
With the exception of Ms Hall, they will speak and take questions at a similar Tamworth forum on March 4.
Ms Cooke's Tamworth counterpart Jye Segboer said it would "enable each candidate to impress upon residents their ability to represent our region".
Question of need
Ms Cooke said that, in crafting their questions, people might like to consider the future from an individual and community perspective.
"What things do they see in our town that they need or feel needs a bit more attention spent on it? Is there anything they think is lacking?"
The Gunnedah chamber would also welcome questions submitted via its website's "contact us" link.
"It would be ideal if people could be there themselves, but obviously people have lots of things on," she said.
"If they can't attend themselves, we will make sure their questions are asked on the night."
As for what the chamber wanted to push for, Ms Cooke said: "We're always advocating for economic growth and shop local, support local".
"We're about locals supporting locals, and industry supporting locals," she said.