Lack of population growth and insufficient voter numbers in the Rodney electorate are behind a push to change its electoral boundaries.By Kathleen Tonini
The boundaries of the Rodney electorate are likely to change due to insufficient voter numbers.
The Victorian Electoral Boundaries Commission recently announced it would begin its redivision of electoral boundaries to ensure electorates have an even spread of voters.
A redivision is required because there have been two general elections since the last redivision, in 2001.
The number of enrolments in each electorate cannot vary by more than 10 per cent from the state average.
According to the EBC, the average number of voters is about 41,000, though a final figure is expected to be released next week.
There are 88 electorates in Victoria.
Member for Rodney Paul Weller said the population of Rodney had not grown as quickly as urban electorates and could have its boundaries changed.
He said it looked like Rodney would need to find another 4000 voters, though it was too early to say if and how boundaries might change.
For the last election in 2010, there were 36,437 people enrolled to vote in Rodney, with 32,731 formal votes registered and 1509 informal votes.
Mr Weller said other regional electorates were in a similar position to Rodney, not having grown in population as fast as others.
‘‘My seat may move further south and the likes of Macedon and Seymour may move further into the interface councils around Melbourne,’’ he said.
As part of the redivision process there will be public hearings and submissions before the ERC releases the updated boundaries.
For information, visit the website www.ebc.vic.gov.au
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