If you don’t have a Snag on Election Day it is UnAustralian

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Did you know that is it UnAustralian not to have a snag at the Polling Station sausage sizzle?  I would go so far as to say that I don’t even feel like I have cast my vote if I don’t finish it off with a snag and perhaps a chocolate crackle from the cake stall (with the crackle being slightly melted due to the heat).

I don’t know about you but there is something about the smell of onions that makes me want a snag so bad.  Or maybe it is the site of the Dads with their aprons on sweating over the BBQ as their toned arms lovingly turn and turn and turn the snag on the BBQ (unfortunately many dads suffer from snagoverturnitis).

The humble sausage sizzle is the star of community fundraising.  Some people take their snag sizzle very seriously.  For example, if you are going to run a snag sizzle at Bunnings you must go to Snag University where they teach you about how to present the snag.  At Bunnings it is two pieces of bread not one (this can be quite a contentious issue).

So how do people know you are having a snag sizzle at your polling booth?  Well it is easy.  Four friends developed a site that lists all the election day snag sizzles.  Founded by Rosemary Walton (a vegan), Stephen Downes, Gus Pokus and Grant Castner the site is called http://www.electionsausagesizzle.com.au.

It is free to list your snag sizzle with them.  There are over 650 sites listed so far (just showing how important the humble snag sizzle is).   This site is not a commercial operation and all involved donate their time. They even have the hashtag #snagvotes.  They are encouraging you to upload a photo of your event.

The founders behind the idea say “While there is some fun and a bit of silliness in the Snagvotes idea, the underlying objective is clearly to celebrate our democracy, encourage participation in the democratic process and offer support for the community groups and volunteers that run sausage sizzles and stalls on election day, as it is an important means of fundraising for them. The message is “Get together with your community and enjoy a sausage on election day – a great Australian tradition”.”.  Well done guys!

On the day you can even rate your snag sizzle.  People across Australia can ‘nom nom nominate the best Sausage Sizzle in their electorate, or find the tastiest one nearby. All entries are displayed on maps and in leaderboards, so you can see how the booths in your electorate stack up against others in the nation.  So you can use your democratic right to vote on the best sizzle.  Just go to this link  http://www.ratethesizzle.com.au/

So where can you vote In the Cove and what is happening?

Polling places near Lane Cove NSW 2066

Polling Booth Snag Sizzle or Cake Stall?
Lane Cove Public Schoolcnr Longueville Rd & Austin Lane Cove Assembly Hall No information as yet
Lane Cove Council No
ST Michael’s Catholic Primary School 181 Longueville Road Lane Cove Yes – Snag Sizzle, Cakes, Fudge, Lolly Bags and https://www.shooaway.com/
Lane Cove Bowling and Recreation Club 151 Burns Bay Road No information as yet
St Andrew’s Uniting Church Crn Kenneth & Christina Street No information as yet
Lane Cove West Public School Avalon Avenue Lane Cove West Yes – Snag Sizzle, Cakes and the Band
Mowbray Public School 635 Mowbray Road West  Music Food and Wine Festival, Rides, cake stalls, Wine tasting, BBQ, Pancakes, Egg and Bacon Rolls, and lots of other gourmet treatsmowbray

We will update this table as more information comes to hand.

So go ahead and vote where there is a snag sizzle and help out the local community.

Even though the are  not polling stations

Birrahlee Kindergarten is a community-based non-for-profit Kindergarten based in Lane Cove, on election day will be holding their annual Open Day (10am – 12pm). They would love you to visit the Kindergarten to view their facilities, and enjoy some of the days festivities; such as – children’s face painting, cake stall, pre-loved children’s toy & book sale, plus much more!

KU Osborne Park is having a family fun day too! 11-3 Magic Show 11:30am to 12:30pm. Face Painting, Sausage Sizzle, cake stall, coffee truck & much much more.

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