HINDMARSH Shire will remain in Lowan electorate following the Electoral Boundaries Commission’s release of new boundaries on Thursday.
The final boundaries also see the southern part of Yarriambiack Shire moving out of the Swan Hill electorate and into Lowan.
The Swan Hill electorate has been abolished and the municipalities in that electorate have moved into Lowan, Mildura or Ripon, or the new Murray Plains electorate.
Parts of Northern Grampians Shire will also be in Lowan, including Halls Gap.
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In March a proposed redistribution of boundaries suggested Hindmarsh Shire would move into the Mildura electorate.
Hindmarsh Mayor Rob Gersch made an oral submission to the commission in April, stating the shire’s desire to stay in Lowan.
“We are pleased that the commission has seen fit to retain the status quo,” he said.
“We have everything in common with Lowan – our education and health services are all through Ballarat-Grampians region, our regional city is 45 minutes away and municipalities in the Wimmera work well together.
“We saw it as commonsense and we are pleased that commonsense prevailed.”
The new boundaries will take effect at the 2014 state election.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said he was pleased with the new boundaries.
“The Lowan electorate has become bigger, we’ve gone from 34,540 square kilometres to 39,182 square kilometres,” he said.
“It was the biggest electorate in the state before the redistribution and there will be a few more miles to cover now.
“We have picked up almost 4000 voters from Swan Hill and about 1100 from Ripon.
“Those areas were in the electorate when it was called Wimmera, when I started in 1999 until 2002.
“We have lost a few voters at the bottom south-east corner of the electorate - about 374.”
Mr Delahunty said he was rapt the electorate would include communities he had worked with before, particularly Warracknabeal, Rupanyup, Minyip and Murtoa.
“In terms of serving the electorate, it is fairly much the status quo,” he said.
“It is an area I have worked with before and it is a pretty good outcome.
“The interest of the community has been maintained.”
Yarriambiack Shire Mayor Kylie Zanker said the shire was more fortunate than other municipalities.
“Obviously there will be changes for us, as we had a rapport with Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh, but we do also have a rapport with Hugh Delahunty,” she said.
“It will be a challenge for him to service a larger area, but I’m positive that our services will be the same as they were before.
“Mr Delahunty knows our area and parts of our shire quite well.”
Mr Walsh said he was fully committed to serving the existing Swan Hill electorate and all its constituents until the next election.
“At which time I will be contesting that election to represent the constituents of the newly formed Murray Plains electorate,” he said.
Two electorates remained unchanged – Gippsland East and Gippsland South.
Under the new boundaries, 1,068,389 electors, 29.27 per cent, have been transferred to different districts.
Any by-election before the state election will occur using the existing boundaries.