The entire Gwydir Shire will be in the Parkes electorate following a tweak to electorate boundaries published on August 7. The original proposal increased the size of Parkes to almost 44 percent of the state.
That drawing left the Gwydir shire as it has been for the past few years, with the northern section in Parkes, and the southern section in New England.
The final map of Parkes electorate puts all of the shire in Parkes.
Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said he was very excited to see the southern end of the Gw-ydir Shire included in the Parkes electorate. “I have a special affinity with the Gwydir Shire,” Mr. Coulton, who was Mayor for three years following amalgamation, said. “I am looking forward to having a close working relationship with the Council. I will be better able to represent the Council when it is wholly in Parkes,” he said.
For the past few years, Bingara has been part of the New England electorate, held by Independent member, Tony Windsor.
The redistribution will see another NSW seat abolished, and one created in Queensland. This happened at the last redistribution.
The presiding member of the augmented Electoral Commission for New South Wales, the Hon Peter Heerey QC, said that it had adopted the proposal of the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales, published on 7 August 2009, with some changes.
The augmented Electoral Commission considers that its proposal is not significantly different from that proposed by the Redistribution Committee. Therefore, a further objection period and further hearing are not required.
The formal determination of the boundaries and names of the electoral divisions will be gazetted on 22 December 2009. Final maps and a report setting out the augmented Electoral Commission’s reasons will be tabled in Federal Parliament after the formal determination is made, and will then be publicly released.