Regional political representation is at risk after a proposal to scrap either the NSW Murray-Darling or Murrumbidgee electorates, Conargo Shire Mayor Norm Brennan has said.November 8, 2012 4:14am
The proposal to remove one of the two was tabled in NSW Parliament late last month, as recommended by the NSW Electoral Commission.
The perceived population drift away from the region to metropolitan areas has been listed as the deciding factor.
If adopted, the boundary redistribution would see the size of the local electorate increase significantly.
It would also have a noticeable impact on the level of local political representation, according to Cr Brennan.
‘‘I think (Member for Murray-Darling) John Williams is struggling now to get around the electorate, so making it bigger won’t have any positive impact,’’ he said.
‘‘We are very lucky John has an office (in Deniliquin), but I’m quite sure we wouldn’t get one if our region is covered by a city rep.
‘‘It’s a sad state of affairs and it is typical of government.’’
Mr Williams himself has also labelled the boundary redistribution proposal for the local area as ‘‘ridiculous’’.
He said it would see the electorate for this region expanded by at least 10 per cent.
Mr Williams also raised concerns it would impact on the level of representation and political attention received in regional NSW.
‘‘We are currently looking at projected population figures for the Murray-Darling, and there is a potential we will lose either the Murray-Darling or the Murrumbidgee electorate,’’ he said.
‘‘They will be merged into one, and so instead of the electorate covering 30 per cent of the state, it will cover more than 40 per cent.
‘‘What that will end up doing is we won’t see hardly any representation west of the Blue Mountains.’’
Mr Williams said the proposal has come from the NSW Electoral Commission, and so far seems to be supported by the government.
But he said he does not support the proposal to ‘‘chop up’’ more country electorates.
‘‘There always has to be 93 electorates, so what they do is knock one out of the country and add one in the city,’’ he said.
‘‘They look at this boundary change every second election, and there’s a whole heap being considered.
‘‘But what it means is that we’re getting into a situation where it only affects three politicians in the southern region — that’s not a lot of people to fight the change.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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