Pushing the boundaries

IN new proposed changes by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Federal member for Parkes Mark Coulton may lose Bingara to New England Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce.

The AEC announced the names and boundaries of the 47 federal electoral divisions in NSW that could be redistributed.

The announcement proposed that the state will lose one federal electoral division, and that Mr Coulton’s electorate will increase from one-third of the area of NSW to half of the state.

“It’s going to be harder. But I believe I am as qualified as anyone. I have been managing a large size of the electorate for two terms of government,” he said.

In the proposed changes Mr Coulton will lose residents in Wellington and Mid-Western Regional Councils which will be transferred to Calare electorate. With Carrathool Shire possibly being located to the Farrer electorate.

“I certainly hope we will keep Moree. It’s an important community in the Parkes electorate. It’s only an hour from where I live. I hope I can stay there.”

The electorate of Parkes could gain Broken Hill, Central Darling, the northern part of Gwydir Shire and Gunnedah.

Mr Coulton believes that these changes won’t have any major affects on the communities.

“I will however be saddened to lose the great communities of Wellington, Mudgee, and Gulgong in this redistribution. I have very much enjoyed representing these towns. I know that you will be in good hands with John Cobb; he is an excellent Member of Parliament and a great bloke. I will also be sad to lose the Bingara community to New England.

“Obviously the changes won’t come into effect until the next election. I will be contesting the seat; if I am successful I am prepared for the challenge. I’m not just assuming that its mine. I will make sure I work hard to win it.”

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