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Shoalhaven mayoral candidate accused of breaking the law

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Unvaccinated Shoalhaven Mayoral candidate Nina Digiglio has been accused of breaking the law by ignoring QR codes and health restrictions when walking onto the site of a public forum at Bomaderry on Saturday morning.

The community consultative group Bomaderry Pride held the forum to allow residents to question Ward One candidates for the December 4 election.

Secretary Terry Barratt said he wrote to all candidates before the forum to say only people who were fully vaccinated would be allowed onto the gathering's site at Waratah Park.

This message was reiterated as people started to arrive for the forum.

People were told anyone unvaccinated could still take part, but due to government health regulations would have to stand on the adjacent footpath.

However Cr Digiglio ignored the requirements and regulations to walk onto the site, bypassing the QR registration areas.

"She didn't sign on, and anyway she couldn't sign on, it would have been a lie if she'd signed on and said she had been vaccinated," Mr Barratt said.

"As far as I'm concerned she was in breach of the rules."

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After walking onto the site Cr Digiglio stood near the microphone for a while, before addressing the crowd.

It came as anti vaxxers hijacked the community meeting, making up a large section of about 40 people who attended and disrupting proceedings with a stream of accusations, anger and aggression.

Mr Barratt said he was forced to shut down the meeting early because of the behaviour of people attending.

Most of the items that were due to be discussed as pertinent to the Bomaderry community could not be raised with the four ward one candidates who attended - two from the Green and one each from Labor and the Shoalhaven independents.

Images: Glenn Ellard

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