Electorate border plans
Thursday, 14th March, 2013
By Erica Visser
It is highly unlikely that the size of the Murray- Darling Electorate will not be increased in the upcoming border redistribution, according to local State MP John Williams.
Mr Williams has previously expressed his concerns over the size of the electorate, which he said was almost unmanageable as is.
However, he told the BDT earlier this week that he supported the Nationals Party's view that the Riverina's Corowa Shire be added to Murray-Darling.
Corowa is more than 2300 square kilometres in size and contains around 10,000 people.
The NSW electorates are routinely redistributed to allow for similar populations in each electorate. If the population increases or falls more than 10 per cent, a redistribution is required.
Murray-Darling is already the largest electorate in NSW, with an area of over 250,000 square kilometres.
"Unless there's a way of projecting that populations won't continue to decline, then it will have to increase," Mr Williams said.
"What's happening in Western Australia is that they do have a limit of 400,000 square kilometres but our electorate isn't near that size anyway, so a limit wouldn't be supported here.
"A submission was put forward by the Nationals suggesting that Murray-Darling should go on Corowa.
"While it's a long way from the Western part of the electorate, it's still close to the other end and it's certainly something that needs to be considered.
"Every situation has been considered by the National Party and that seemed the best outcome."