Tweed divided

MURWILLUMBAH voters should get used to living in Lismore electorally speaking.

Although they have until Friday to lodge objections against plans to take the town out of the NSW State electorate of Tweed and put it in the Lismore electorate, the chances of those plans being altered are looking slim.

The Electoral Districts Commissioners have made no changes to the proposed controversial new boundaries for the Tweed and Lismore electorates despite earlier objections from political parties and community groups.

The commissioners have released a list of electorates where they have changed the proposed boundaries following earlier protests, but the Tweed is not among them.

That is despite strong protests that if part of the electorate must be hived off there are better ways of doing it.

Some objectors have suggested that the southern part of the Tweed Coast should be put into the Ballina electorate along with Byron Shire rather than lumping Murwillumbah in with Lismore.

A spokesperson for the electoral districts commissioners said yesterday the public could still lodge objections to the proposed boundaries until Friday.

The Tweed District Residents and Ratepayers Association lodged a strong objection to the redistribution, saying its members did not see any community of interest between Tweed voters and those in the current seat of Lismore.

The group's secretary Ronni Hoskisson said the direct transport link between Murwillumbah and Lismore was 'a two-lane goat track' and it would be better if Pottsville, along with areas north to Casuarina Beach, were put into the Ballina electorate.

Objections to new boundaries did result in proposed changes for other northern NSW electorates including Northern Tablelands, Port Macquarie and the Upper Hunter.

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