The backlash to the Australian Electoral Commission’s recommendation that the Central Goldfields Shire move into the federal seat of Mallee has continued this week, with the local Liberal Party president and the shire’s chief administrator questioning the decision.
Following the release of the Redistribution Committee for Victoria’s report on the redistribution of electoral divisions last week, which recommended that the Central Goldfields Shire move out of its current division, Wannon, into the seat of Mallee, the local community has denounced the potential move.
In 2010, the last time federal electorates were redistributed by the AEC, the Central Goldfields Shire moved from Bendigo into Wannon.
The decision by the AEC was met with outcry locally, with the council, and mayor at the time saying they had been given no notice of the redistribution.
Labelling the proposed move into Mallee, which is the largest division in the state and one of the safest in federal parliament, as a “challenge” and a “concern”, Central Goldfields Shire chief administrator Noel Harvey said that given the shire had been recently relocated to Wannon, it was “unfair” to move the shire once again.
“Central Goldfields seems to be regularly moved around a lot. We were in Bendigo, now we’re in Wannon and now proposed to move to Mallee. I don’t think that’s really good for any community to be constantly making those shifts,” he said.
“Of all the municipalities, Central Goldfields needs some stability and we need to be able to work a long- term, consistent relationship with our local members.
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