Wondai AP & I Society vice president Fran Whitmore, secretary treasurer Sue Hullock, Allan Steggall and Terry Levi cook up an election day sausage sizzle for Wondai voters.
Wondai AP & I Society vice president Fran Whitmore, secretary treasurer Sue Hullock, Allan Steggall and Terry Levi cook up an election day sausage sizzle for Wondai voters. Marguerite Cuddihy

Former polling officer finds calling outside the booths

IT'S the first time in 40 years Dennis Morris has spent an election day on the outside of the hall, rather than in it.

Since about 1980, he has been the officer in charge of the Wondai polling station.

This year instead, the Wondai AP & I Society - of which he's the president - is cooking up a sausage sizzle for election day.

"I'm too old to be up all night counting votes, but I used to love doing it,” he said.

The money raised from the election day sausage sizzle will go towards a shuttle train and a free laser skirmish for all participants at the Wondai Show on August 31.

"We want the skirmish to run all day and into the night so young people have something to do,” Dennis said.

The shuttle train is set to cater for the elderly to help them make their way around the many different attractions at the show.

"To provide those services, we have to raise funds,” he said.

"We've also received a lot of assistance from Bendigo Bank and had lots of sponsorships flowing in, which has been great.”

A consistent line-up of Flynn voters since 7.30 in the morning kept the committee members busy on the barbecue.

"We've been doing tremendously well this morning,” Dennis said.

"I think the reduction in electoral staff members has caused the wait time to increase,” he said.

"There's a bit of a line-up, but we're here to feed them.”

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