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Murrumbidgee electorate Candidates forum

Candidates ForumThe ACT Legislative Assembly election is coming up on the 15th October 2016.

The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) will be conducting a candidate’s forum for the electorate of Murrumbidgee on Wednesday 5th October at 7.30pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Phillip.

Issues relating to the Woden Valley area will be canvassed though other issues affecting the electorate will be discussed also. The program for the forum with be released closer to the date.
Candidates and Political parties can register for the event by contacting the WVCC secretary at secretary@wvcc.org.au

WVCC submission on proposed five X five-member electorates for ACT

WVCC supports the enlargement of the Assembly, but urges that priority be given to ensuring that electorate boundaries coincide with Canberra’s ‘towns’.

Read more …

Review into the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly

The Woden Valley Community Council has made a submission into the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The submission is available here » …

Green’s Response on WVCC Election Issues

WVCC undertook to put on its website the political parties’ written responses to the Council’s list of issues. The ACT Greens’ responses are here » …

Review of the ACT Self-Government Act

The WVCC submitted comments to the ACT Legislative Assembly’s
Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure on the Review of the ACT Self-Government Act 1988 (Cwlth).
Read the WVCC’s submission here » …

Final changes to ACT Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries announced

ERC  mapThe final make-up of the ACT Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries for the 2012 election has been announced today by the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phillip Green.

“The Augmented ACT Electoral Commission has decided to alter the existing electoral boundaries by adopting the Redistribution Committee’s proposal to transfer the Gungahlin suburbs of Crace and Palmerston from the electorate of Molonglo to the electorate of Ginninderra.  This change has been made to ensure that each of the ACT’s three electorates will be within 5% of the enrolment quota at the time of the 2012 election.  The electorate of Brindabella has not been changed,” Mr Green said.

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In the Augmented Commission’s detailed reasons, published today, it noted that for the first time in the history of the ACT’s redistribution process, two very different sets of proposed boundaries were put before the ACT community for comment.

“The first option, proposed by the Redistribution Committee, opted for a ‘minimal change’ that would further split the Gungahlin district between two electorates.  The second option, proposed by the Augmented Commission, would keep the Gungahlin district in one electorate by moving the location of the 7-Member electorate while splitting the north Canberra suburbs of Lyneham, O’Connor and Turner from the rest of north Canberra.

“Both options generated public submissions in favour of and opposed to each option, particularly in relation to the splitting of districts.  The Augmented Commission therefore had a difficult decision to make, given that there were no available options that would have avoided the splitting of any districts.  On balance, … the Augmented Commission has decided to adopt the ‘minimal change’ proposal put forward by the Redistribution Committee,” the Augmented Commission’s reasons stated.

The Augmented Commission’s reasons for its redistribution are available from the ACT Electoral Commission’s office at North Building, Civic Square, London Circuit, Civic, and from its website at :  www.elections.act.gov.au. It is also attached to this information release.

The final electorates are:

BRINDABELLA, a 5-Member electorate comprising the district of Tuggeranong (excluding the suburb of Hume), the Woden Valley suburbs of Chifley, Farrer, Pearce and Torrens and the districts of Booth, Coree, Cotter River, Paddys River, Rendezvous Creek, Tennent and Mount Clear;

GINNINDERRA, a 5-Member electorate comprising the districts of Belconnen and Hall (including the entire Village of Hall) and the Gungahlin suburbs of Crace, Nicholls and Palmerston (including the portion of the district of Gungahlin bounded by the suburbs of Palmerston and Crace and Barton Highway and Gungahlin Drive); and

MOLONGLO, a 7-Member electorate comprising the districts of Gungahlin (excluding the suburbs of Crace, Nicholls and Palmerston and the portion of the district of Gungahlin bounded by the suburbs of Palmerston and Crace and Barton Highway and Gungahlin Drive), Canberra Central, Molonglo Valley, Weston Creek, Woden Valley (excluding the suburbs of Chifley, Farrer, Pearce and Torrens), Jerrabomberra (including the entire suburb of Hume), Kowen, Majura, and Stromlo.

A map of the new electorates can be obtained from the ACT Electoral Commission’s website, www.elections.act.gov.au and is attached to this information release.

The redistribution of electoral boundaries will be formally completed by publication of an official instrument and a formal report to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The Augmented Electoral Commission for the Australian Capital Territory consists of the Electoral Commission’s Chairperson, Roger Beale AO, the Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, the Electoral Commission’s Member, Dawn Casey, the Chief Planning Executive, ACT Planning and Land Authority, David Papps, the ACT Surveyor-General, Bill Hirst and the Regional Director, ACT Office, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Stephen Collett.

Phillip Green

Electoral Commissioner

29 September 2011

INFORMATION RELEASE from the ACT Electoral Commissioner

82 objections to the Augmented ACT Electoral Commission’s redistribution proposal are now available

Objections to the Augmented ACT Electoral Commission’s proposed redistribution of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s electoral boundaries are now available for public viewing, the ACT Electoral Commissioner Mr Phillip Green said today.

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The Augmented Electoral Commission published a proposed redistribution of the ACT into three electorates on 8 July 2011 and invited objections to the proposal by 5 August 2011.

Eighty-two objections to the proposal are available for public inspection at the ACT Electoral Commission website at www.elections.act.gov.au and at the office of the Commission.

The 82 objections can be broadly categorised as:

  • . 58 submissions opposing the Augmented Electoral Commission’s proposal to create a 7-member electorate consisting of Belconnen, Gungahlin and the north Canberra suburbs of Lyneham, O’Connor and Turner;
  • . 19 submissions supporting the Augmented Electoral Commission’s proposal; and
  • . 5 submissions proposing alternative boundaries.

“The objections will now be considered by the Augmented Electoral Commission,” Mr Green said.  “The Augmented Electoral Commission may decide to hold a public hearing into the objections.  Following its consideration of the objections, it will make a final determination of the electoral boundaries to apply at the 2012 ACT Legislative Assembly election.”

Phillip Green

Electoral Commissioner

11 August 2011

Further information:

Redistribution Secretariat, Linzi Lamont, (02) 6205 0050

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