Electorate boundaries to change

Proposed new federal electorate boundaries mean thousands of Northern Rivers voters will find themselves swapped between Richmond and Page when they vote next year.

The adjustments have been made by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to reflect population changes.

Wollongbar and Alstonville have been moved into the Page electorate, while Nimbin and surrounding areas have been moved to Richmond. Page also gains the coastal villages of Yamba and Iluka to the south.

Richmond MP, Justine Elliot, said she was disappointed to lose the opportunity to represent Alstonville and Wollongbar voters, but welcomed representing people in Nimbin.

Page MP Ian Causley said he was closely considering the proposed changes.

They are only preliminary boundaries, he said. People have the right to appeal.

The changes can be seen on the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au.

Written objections must be sent to the AEC by July 28 at PO Box 20014, World Square, NSW, 2002.

Meanwhile, with the state election coming up early next year, people should also check their state electorate boundaries, which were finalised in December 2004. The main change for the Northern Rivers is that Casino has been sliced off the Lismore electorate and is now part of Clarence.

State boundary changes can be seen on the website seo.nsw.gov.au.

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