The NSW Electoral Commission has announced the final determination of electoral boundaries, with Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke pleased the draft electoral boundary changes proposed by the Commission in November 2020 has been finalised without change.
“This means the seat of Cootamundra will retain the local government areas of Bland, Coolamon, Cowra, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Hilltops, Junee, Narrandera, Temora and Weddin, whilst warmly welcoming the communities of Boorowa, Mount Collins, Hovells Creek, Reids Flat, Godfreys Creek, Frogmore, Taylors Flat, Rugby and Rye Park into the electorate,” Ms Cooke said.
“This redistribution means the entirety of the Hilltops Council local government area is now within one state electorate.”
Ms Cooke said it is fantastic the seat remains ‘intact’ as one of the more unique state electorates, given it is not based around one major regional centre.
“The Cootamundra electorate is a network of tight-knit towns and villages which I have strived to support as the local Member,” she said.
“I am proud to have worked very closely with individuals and families, small businesses and community organisations across each of these local government areas, and I have learnt a great deal about the region I call home in the process.
“I am relieved the boundary redistribution will be largely undisruptive to what we have already achieved and the hard work still to come.”
The NSW Electoral Commission conducts a boundary redistribution after every second New South Wales State election, to ensure the number of electors within each electoral district remain equal.
The redistribution determination is made after an extensive consultation process which involves input from stakeholders, including members of the public.