Weller pleads not to dissolve seat.
Member for Rodney Paul Weller addressed the commissioners of the Victorian Electoral Boundaries Commission on Friday to make his case against the proposed abolishment of the Rodney electorate.
Mr Weller based his case against the proposal on the need for a strong voice in parliament for the area .
He stressed the need to grow the Rodney area to the south instead of having it engulfed in the seat of Swan Hill to the west, which he said made no sense in terms agriculture, public transport or industry.
‘‘The EBC’s argument of a community of interest with Swan Hill does not stack up and will not be accepted by the people of the Rodney electorate,’’ Mr Weller said.
‘‘The towns and cities of the Rodney electorate have greater community of interest with the Bendigo area and it’s no surprise the Rodney electorate currently comprises 25 per cent of the City of Greater Bendigo, including the towns of Heathcote, Elmore and Redesdale.
‘‘The EBC believes Huntly has a different community of interest because it is on the urban fringe of Bendigo. However, Huntly is much less urban than Echuca or Kyabram in terms of size and makeup.’’
He said Huntly was similar to towns such as Tongala, Nathalia, Rochester, Heathcote and Elmore with all of them servicing, and surrounded by, agricultural pursuits.
‘‘The EBC’s argument shows a lack of understanding of the make-up of the towns and cities within our rural and regional electorates and proves that unless you are living and working here you don’t know what’s best for the constituents,’’ he said.
Mr Weller said had he been overwhelmed with support from within the Rodney electorate since the draft proposal was announced and he thanked everyone who had written a submission objecting to it.
‘‘I am very grateful for everyone’s support and have faith that common sense will prevail in the end to retain a voice for the people of rural and regional Victoria and to ensure the long and successful history of Rodney continues,’’ he said.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes was due to present at the same public hearing session to discuss the proposed break-up of the Benalla electorate into three other existing seats.
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