Thursday, 26 August 2021
LOCAL State MP Adam Marshall has welcomed the final determination of the NSW Electoral Districts Redistribution Panel, released today, which see the Northern Tablelands electorate increase in size to incorporate the Walcha Local Government Area (LGA) at the 2023 March State election.
The Walcha LGA was formerly part of the Northern Tablelands until it was moved into the Tamworth electorate at the last redistribution in 2015.
“I welcome the return of the Walcha LGA into the Northern Tablelands – it makes sense as it once again links Walcha to communities of similar cultural and economic interest,” Mr Marshall said.
“The Northern Tablelands is already the third-largest electorate in the State, behind Barwon and Murray, and while this determination means the electorate grows in size again, I’m pleased no communities will be lost to other seats.
The determination will expand the Northern Tablelands seat from an existing area of 53,153 square kilometres, comprising six LGAs, to one of 59,412 square kilometres, comprising seven LGAs, including Armidale Regional, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Moree Plains Shire, Uralla and Walcha.
It is expected the seat, under the new boundaries, will have 58,027 voters.
Mr Marshall said today’s determination would not alter his representation of the electorate.
“I will continue to serve and represent all the people of the Northern Tablelands, regardless of where they live, as I have done since I was first elected,” he said.
The Panel’s final report can be found at www.elections.nsw.gov.au/redistribution