Elliot welcomes Ballina to the fold
FEDERAL Member for Richmond Justine Elliot has welcomed residents of Ballina to her electorate following draft changes to electoral boundaries published by the Australian Electoral Commision.
The AEC released its draft redistribution boundaries for NSW last Friday following a decrease in the state’s entitlement from 48 to 47 seats in the House of Representatives.
The draft proposal means more than 19% of the state’s voters will change from their current federal electoral division at the next poll, which must be held before January 2017.
Mrs Elliot, a former police officer, formally welcomed Ballina residents to her electorate in Parliament on Tuesday.
“Ballina is an exciting, vibrant coastal town, with a very strong community,” Mrs Elliot said.
“I warmly welcome Ballina residents to the Richmond electorate. I am committed to working hard with them to make sure we always get our fair share from Canberra.
“I am proud to have delivered more than $2 billion for our local roads, schools, health and community resources on the North Coast.”
The Labor MP was returned for a fourth consecutive term in 2013, on the back of a strong preference flow from the Greens.
She will face a tough run going into the next election as the more traditionally conservative area of Ballina is included in Richmond, in place of the more green-leaning residents of Nimbin, whose tally will now count in the neighbouring seat of Page.
In making its proposal, the AEC’s Redistribution Committee considered enrolment numbers, public 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.
Once a redistribution is final, the AEC automatically transfers existing elector enrolments, where required, to the correct electoral division.