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Changes for Townsville, Burdekin and Hinchinbrook

North Queenslanders slam proposal

Changes for Townsville, Burdekin and Hinchinbrook


Objections from locals have forced changes to the initial State Electorate redistribution proposal.

The Queensland Redistribution Commission's Final Determination has been released today.

They've created 93 electorates, up from 89 from the 2008 redistribution.

For North Queensland the biggest change from the initial proposal involves Palm Island. It had been included in the Hinchinbrook, because it's closer, but following community consultation, it has been left in the Townsville electorate.

According to the Commission, the feedback showed “the major travel, communication and shared interests of Palm Island are with Townsville, and hence have reversed this change, retaining Palm Island in Townsville”.

For the Burdekin the feedback regarding the proposed name change to McMaster ‘overwhelmingly negative”. Many argued that it was “unnecessary”, because the Burdekin River still runs through it.

Despite huge opposition from Charters Towers residents over the axing of the Dalrymple electorate, that will go ahead. There had been submissions arguing it would be more appropriate to include it with the Burdekin electorate, but the Commission said it wouldn’t work with population requirements. Charters Towers will be included, along with Mount Isa, in the super-sized north western electorate of Traeger.

Next, boundaries will be finalised following the 21 day appeals period, the boundaries are fixed and unable to be changed.

The 2017 Redistribution Boundaries will come into effect when the writ for the next General State Election is issued.

To find if your electorate has changed, check this link: