The Lake Debate was held at Windang Bowling Club on 8th April 2003.
The Mayoral candidates for Shellharbour were:
Standing Mayor Joan Vinton, David Hamilton (ALP), John Cowen, Jeff Bailey and Stirling Scard.
The Mayoral candidates for Wollongong were:
Standing Mayor Alex Darling, Bob Proudfoot (ALP), David Moles and Nick Manias.
All the Mayoral candidates speaking at The Lake Debate, supported the northern Break Wall project and promised that if elected, would commit their council to their one million dollar share. The only candidate that did not support the entrance works was the Greens candidate Medith.
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