JUST two people will be affected by the redraw of Denis Napthine’s South West Coast electorate with a single home in Ballangeich shifting lines across to Terry Mulder’s seat of Polwarth.
New maps tabled in State Parliament yesterday show several entire electorates have been abolished or merged.
But the lone house on the Hopkins Highway is thought to be the smallest change to emerge from the redivision.
A dramatic proposal to sever Portland from Dr Napthine’s seat and include towns such as Timboon and Mortlake had been submitted by the Liberal Party to help balance populations in northern seats along the Murray, but was turned down by the Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC).
After months of methodical analysis the commission determined that just one address was out of place in the Premier’s seat.
“The only change to South West Coast was two people to correct the boundary. They were on a census boundary when we should have been using the Hopkins Highway,” EBC secretary Paul Thornton Smith said. There are some minor changes to transport minister Terry Mulder’s south-west seat of Polwarth, which will now include several hundred voters from Lowan.
The Pyrenees Shire successfully lobbied to keep more than 100 voters in the seat of Rippon who were proposed to be included in Polwarth.
“Under the proposed changes, towns north of Skipton were to be included in the Polwarth district,” Mr Thornton Smith said.
“It affected 132 electors.”
Nationals Lowan MP Hugh Delahunty welcomed the changes but said he was saddened to lose voters in the south-east part of his seat.
“I will be sad to lose 274 electors from the south-east corner of the electorate who will move in to the electorate of Polwarth,” Mr Delahunty said.
“From the November 2014 state election, the electorate of Lowan will include the towns of Warracknabeal, Minyip, Murtoa, Rupanyup and Halls Gap.
“These towns were in my electorate prior to the redistribution in 2002 and I welcome the residents of these towns back in to Lowan.”