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Electoral boundaries to change in time for federal election

RESIDENTS of Ballina and Nimbin and surrounds are slated to be voting in a different electorate come next year's election.

THE seats of Page and Richmond have new boundaries for residents in Nimbin and Ballina
THE seats of Page and Richmond have new boundaries for residents in Nimbin and Ballina Contributed

New electoral redistribution proposals released by the Australian Electoral commission today have excised urban Ballina from the seat of Page, and shifted it to Richmond.

The changes mean voters in urban Ballina will join Byron and Tweed Shires and be deciding between Labor incumbent Justine Elliott, Greens candidate Dawn Walker, and whoever the Nationals decide to field.

Nimbin meanwhile, has been divorced from its Green-leaning cousins in the neighbouring Tweed and Byron Shires.

Nimbin residents will become voters in the seat of Page, currently held by Nationals MP Kevin Hogan.

The new seat of Page will follow the council border between Lismore and Tweed, and Lismore and Byron.

That means all residents of the Lismore local government area will now vote in Page if the changes are made official.

In the south, the proposed border of Richmond electorate follows the Pacific Highway to the southern boundary of Pimlico, across Richmond River around the southern tip of Pimlico Island.

It then follows the eastern side of Richmond River to Empire Vale Rd and along Empire Vale Rd to the coast.

The proposed maps can be found here:

http://www.aec.gov.au/Electorates/Redistributions/2014/nsw/proposed-report/maps/a4/page.pdf

Topics:  federal election page electorate richmond electorate



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