MP loses home town

By BREE PRICE

STATE Member for Lismore Thomas George has lost his home town of Casino in a redistribution of NSW electoral boundaries.

Under the final determination of State electoral districts announced on Tuesday, the Lismore electorate has moved north, gaining Murwillumbah but losing Casino.

Casino will now become part of the Clarence electorate.

The changes will come into effect at the 2007 State election.

Mr George said he was disappointed at losing Casino, but had faith in Clarence MP Steve Cansdell to represent Casino's interests.

"Until 2007 I will continue to represent Casino, but at the same time get to work on Murwillumbah and get to know that area too," Mr George said.

"But, of course, my heart strings will still be there (in Casino)."

State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said he was happy with the redistribution, despite losing Tabulam to the Lismore electorate, Wardell to Ballina and the north Woolgoolga area to Coffs Harbour.

"Casino is a great town and I look forward to filling Thomas's shoes," he said.

However, State Member for Tweed Neville Newell is bitterly disappointed at losing Murwillumbah.

"I think the commission has made a mistake and I would not be surprised if in the next redistribution this appalling decision is corrected," he said.

"The people of Murwillumbah are the losers in this. They have no community of interest in any shape or form with any towns in the seat of Lismore."



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