New data has revealed the massive size of the federal electoral division that the Central Goldfields and some parts of the Pyrenees Shire are now a part of.
The Central Goldfields Shire was officially moved from the Wannon electorate into the Division of Mallee on July 13 after notices of the new House of Representatives divisions in Victoria and the ACT were published in the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette.
Along with the notices, individual division profile maps and geospatial data for the new federal electoral divisions was made available.
The data reveals that the Mallee electorate is by far the largest in the state, now covering 81,962.21 square kilometres.
It is over twice the size of the Central Goldfields’ previous electorate of Wannon, which now stands at 33,419.73 km2 and is the state’s second largest division at less than half the size of the Mallee boundary.
Gippsland is the third biggest electorate at 33,182.27 km2 followed by Indi (29,187.35) and Nicholls (14,768.97).
Such is the massive size of the Mallee electorate at 81,962.21 km2, if it was its own nation it would rate as the world’s 114th biggest country, larger than Czech Republic (78,865 km2), Serbia (77,474), Ireland (70,273) and Sri Lanka (65,610).
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