The Shoalhaven City Council elections aren't until September 12, 2020 but some candidates have already been announced and now the first political advertising is being distributed.
Councillors Greg Watson and Mitchell Pakes have letterboxed campaign flyers to parts of Culburra Beach, in which they introduce themselves to ward two voters and urge residents to "put Culburra Beach first". It's unclear if they have handed out flyers elsewhere.
Cr Watson tells constituents he has been in politics for 46 years and was first elected Shoalhaven Shire President in 1974 but has now called for "generational change".
It appears from the flyer Cr Pakes intends to run for Mayor next year as his profile says "when re-elected as either Mayor or councillor".
The Shoalhaven Independents' flyer lists their charter which includes: no deliberate block voting, no caucusing, no bullying of Shoalhaven Independents councillors or other councillors, publicly declaring all financial and property interests of candidates, ending one-sided council media releases and restoring the "lost dignity to the office of Mayor".
The leaflet includes policy such as "no to parking meters" and "stop another 30 per cent rate rise". Neither of the ideas have been proposed recently by anyone on council.
Cr Pakes and Watson also highlight their profiles and achievements.
"There were many other projects conceived and delivered wholly or partly by Greg and a harmoniously working council," the flyer reads.
"They were all Greg Watson's personal initiatives."
His list of "personal initiatives" are the city's leisure centres, Nowra Pool Complex, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Community Centres at Callala Bay and Culburra Beach, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and Shoalhaven Indoor Sporting Complex.
On October 9, Cr Watson announced three candidates for the Shoalhaven Independents' ward one ticket and said announcements for ward two and three candidates would be made in the coming weeks.