The NSW electoral redistribution process has entered its endgame phase with the release of proposed names and boundaries due to take effect at the 2015 election.
The major change in the local region is the boundary between the electorates of Goulburn and Wollondilly being moved from its existing spot at the northern shire boundary south to the Wingecarribee River. As a result, Bowral, Mittagong and northern villages will be in the electorate of Wollondilly, while Moss Vale, Berrima and southern villages remain in Goulburn. Robertson and surrounds been moved out of the electorate of Kiama into Goulburn.
It should noted that this is only the proposed boundary stage, and submissions are open until July 17. However, often little changes between the proposal and the final boundaries.
Below are two maps showing the electorates covering the Wingecarribee Shire. You can download detailed PDFs from Elections NSW.
There has been some speculation from various quarters about what the abolition of Burrinjuck, which previously neighboured Goulburn to the west, would mean for Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson and Goulburn MP Pru Goward. On Twitter, Opposition Primary Industries spokesperson Steve Whan is stoking those coals.
Burrinjuck’s southwestern neighbour Murrumbidgee has also been scrapped in favour of a new seat of Cootamundra.
For the 19,000 voters in Wingecarribee Shire who are now in the electorate of Wollondilly, this means Liberal Jai Rowell will be the sitting member door-knocking the area leading into the 2015 election. Rowell is a first-term MP whose electorate office is presently based in Tahmoor.
Goulburn MP Pru Goward’s Bowral electorate office looks superfluous and will probably be moved to the city of Goulburn either ahead of or just after the election. This means that the Wingecarribee Shire will be without an electorate office of any state or federal member.
Kiama voters lose Gareth Ward in favour of Pru Goward.
What do you think about the redistribution?