Paging Richmond voters in Ballina and Nimbin
NEWS is filtering through to most Ballina residents about the proposed electoral boundary redistribution that will see people now voting for candidates in the electorate of Richmond.
The Northern Star asked people on Ballina's streets on Monday if they knew of the planned change announced last Friday by the Australian Electoral Commission AEC.
The redistribution comes after the AEC announced it was abolishing the NSW seat of Hunter and creating a new Western Australian seat of Burt.
In making its proposal, the AEC's Redistribution Committee considered enrolment numbers, public suggestions and comments on suggestions, communities of interest, communication and transport links, geographic or constructed features able to be used as readily identifiable electoral boundaries, and the current federal electoral boundaries.
Prior to the proposed redistribution, Ballina residents voted for the current Member for Page Kevin Hogan, who ousted Labor's Janelle Saffin at the 2013 Federal Election.
Now their sitting member is former police officer, Labor's Justine Elliot.
What the changes mean
The changes mean voters in Ballina will join Byron and Tweed Shires and be deciding between Labor incumbent Justine Elliot, Greens candidate Dawn Walker, and whoever the Nationals decide to field.
The new seat of Page will follow the council border between Lismore and Tweed, and Lismore and Byron.
This will impact Nimbin voters, who have traditionally been part of the seat of Richmond.
The green-leaning Nimbin votes will now form part of the tally in Page.
That means all residents of the Lismore local government area will now vote in Page if the changes are made official.
A few more details
According to the AEC a total of 944,592 electors or 19.42 per cent of electors in NSW would change from their current federal electoral division under the proposed redistribution.
The Illawarra electorate of Throsby is proposed to become Whitlam, to honour former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
Once a redistribution is final, the AEC automatically transfers existing elector enrolments, where required, to the correct electoral division.
The proposed electoral redistribution maps can be found here