THE WA Electoral Commission hasreleased the draft electorate boundaries forthe next state election.
The commission has proposed significantchanges that will affect representationfor regional WA.
Should the proposal be accepted as is,the electorate of Central Wheatbelt willincrease in land area by 57 percent tobecome 97,669 kilometres.
It will gain the shires of Westonia,Yilgarn, Wandering, Boddington, Pingelly,Cuballing, Williams and West Arthur, andlose the Shires of Koorda, Wongan-Ballidu,Dowerin and Goomalling.
“I am extraordinarily disappointed withthe proposed boundary changes, not justfrom an electorate perspective but on astate-wide basis,” Central Wheatbelt memberMia Davies said.
“The Nationals made a submission thatwould have allowed the electoral commissionersto meet the requirements of the Actthat involved minimal change.
“Instead, the proposal to abolish a countryelectorate and increase the remainingelectorates to anunmanageable size.”
Ms Davies said regional constituents hadevery right to be concerned as the changeswould make it more difficult for them tohave access to their local state representative.
“If the proposed changes are finalisedthe Central Wheatbelt will stretch fromNortham to Southern Cross, Mukinbudin toHyden and across to Darkan,” she said.
“The area is characterised by a largenumber of small communities, each withtheir own challenges and opportunities.
“I encourage local governments, residentsand businesses to look at the boundariesand make their views known to theWA Electoral Commission.”
Ms Davies said no amount of technologyor better travel options could compensatefor the size of the proposed electorates,which had already been significantlyincreased in 2008 after the introduction ofone-vote-one-value legislation.
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