It reads in part:
"We only recently became aware of Scott Metcalfe and Rebecca Cook running against endorsed Liberals and have subsequently taken appropriate action."
Sadly there is no indication what "appropriate action" actually means.
The only way voters could ever know they are members of the Liberal Party is by looking at the Candidate Declarations sent to the NSW Electoral Commission. And how many of us do that?
It's enough to make any voter wonder how preferences could flow from these Group A independents and whether these preferences could wind up serving one political party over all others.
Anyone who has visited Rob Mills Facebook page for his business, Mount Annan Quality Meats and Deli, can see that he seems to be a thoroughly decent fellow. Check out his video and look at the comments and you can see he is a well-loved member of this community.
Sadly, the commenter who said on another post on the Mount Annan Quality Meats and Deli Facebook page, "Go Rob keep those LIEBERAL bastards honest", may not realise that the Liberals are number 1 and number 3 on the Group A ticket, while Rob is number 2.
That means that unless voters Vote 1 for Rob Mills and then specifically preference the other genuine Independents in Central Ward (Group B: - Peter Mclean, George Lopa and Linda Mclean) then at least one Liberal Party member running as an "Independent" has a very good chance of getting in as a councillor while leaving Rob out in the cold.
It would also be fascinating to see where the Group A "Independent" preferences will be directed but sadly the preference flows do not appear to be available online.
But aside from that Central Ward strangeness, there are also some other curious Independents running in this election.
We have already written about current councillor and real estate agent Greg Copeland who is running on an Independent ticket in South Ward (Group A). Since 2015, there appears to have been a substantial change in his voting patterns that correspond remarkably closely with the Liberal majority. So, while Greg may not be a member of any political party, his voting patterns suggest that he may have a particularly close alignment with the Liberals point of view.
Another oddity, also in South Ward, is David Funnell. David is a former Camden Councillor. Those with long memories may remember that in 2008 the current Liberal Party mayor Lara Symkowiak was number 2 on Funnell's then Independent ticket. By attaching herself to his ticket Lara Symkowiak made it on to Camden Council with just 164 primary votes to her name. Why? Because preferences helped her across the line.
And preferences will play a huge part in this election again, especially with party blocs from the Liberals and ALP and the independents splitting the vote. It's why getting to know our councillors better is vital if we want to take party politics out of this local government election,
When you honestly look across the field in this year's elections, aside from certain individuals, there appear to be only three entirely independent groups across the Camden area - one in each Ward.
If you are interested in getting party politics out of the Camden and genuinely want independents in our council chambers, our research suggests these are the only three groups that appear to be truly independent of party politics.