Commissioners shake up electoral boundaries for 2021 WA election

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SUBURBS across Perth will shift to neighbouring electorates at the next State Election following a boundary shuffle to accommodate population growth.

Changes to the boundaries for State seats were gazetted on November 27 following a review by Electoral Distribution Commissioners – retired judge Eric Heenan, government statistician Tom Joseph, WA Electoral Commissioner David Kerslake until his retirement and then acting Electoral Commissioner Chris Avent.

The final report said a review had to be done within each term of parliament to balance voter numbers across each electorate, mainly in response to population growth.

Outer growth areas in particular had higher numbers than were permitted, and adjustments to their boundaries had a “domino effect” on neighbouring seats.

The review identified the highest imbalances were in Swan Hills (26.44 per cent above the average), Butler (24.56 per cent), Baldivis (22 per cent) and Darling Range (19.37 per cent).

Jandakot (13.32 per cent), Dawesville (12.6 per cent), West Swan (10.66 per cent), Midland (10.49 per cent) and Perth (10.45 per cent) were also above the permitted tolerance range of 10 per cent.

“The overriding statutory requirement is the need to ensure each electoral district contains a number of electors that sits within the allowable limits,” the report said.

“Continuing rapid population growth at the northern and southern fringes of the Perth metropolitan area presented the commissioners with many challenges, with the flow on effects resulting in at least some degree of change in 35 of the 43 metropolitan districts.”

The boundary changes, which have some impact on inner boundaries of the three legislative council metropolitan regions, will come into effect for the March 2021 election.

North Metropolitan region and district boundaries for 2021.

North metropolitan changes
In the northern suburbs, the commissioners decided to reduce elector numbers in Butler, held by John Quigley, by transferring Quinns Rocks to Burns Beach, held by Mark Folkard.

Burns Beach would then cede Iluka and part of Joondalup to the Joondalup electorate, held by Emily Hamilton, which would lose Mullaloo and Beldon to Hillarys, held by Peter Katsambanis.

Sorrento would transfer from Hillarys to Carine, held by Tony Krsticevic, with a flow-on effect to Scarborough which gains part of North Beach and Gwelup.

The latter seat, held by Liza Harvey, cedes part of Doubleview to Churchlands, held by Sean L’Estrange, while Cottesloe, held by David Honey, would gain part of City Beach from Churchlands.

To accommodate changes in the East Metropolitan region, the Wanneroo electorate, held by Sabine Winton, will gain Banksia Grove, Mariginiup, Jandabup, east Wanneroo and Gnangara from West Swan, held by Rita Saffioti.

Mirrabooka, held by Janine Freeman, will gain Girrawheen and Marangaroo, which means the Girrawheen electorate, held by Margaret Quirk, will cease to exist because the commissioners preferred to name seats after localities.

A Landsdale electorate will be introduced in its place, encompassing Landsdale, Alexander Heights, Darch, Madeley, Wangara (from West Swan), Pearsall and Hocking, with the latter two suburbs transferred from Wanneroo.

Mirrabooka will lose Ballajura to West Swan and Westminster to Balcatta, held by David Michael, which will cede Hamersley to Kingsley, held by Jessica Stojkovski.

To offset excess elector numbers in Perth, held by John Carey, the commissioners decided to transfer West Perth to Nedlands, held by Bill Marmion.

East Metropolitan region and district boundaries for 2021.

East metropolitan changes
The changes to boundaries between east and north metropolitan seats will reduce the geographical size of West Swan, held by Rita Saffioti, and the commissioners also sought to reduce the size of the Darling Range electorate, held by Alyssa Hayden.

As well as transferring several suburbs to the Wanneroo and Landsdale seats, West Swan will lose suburbs east of the Swan River, with Middle Swan, Herne Hill, Millendon, Baskerville and Red Hill transferring to Swan Hills, held by Jessica Shaw.

West Swan will gain part of Ellenbrook, Aveley and Belhus from Swan Hills, while the eastern boundary of Morley, held by Amber-Jade Sanderson, will shift from Tonkin Highway to Beechboro Road.

Bassendean, held by Dave Kelly, will gain Bennett Springs and part of Caversham, reducing the elector numbers in Midland, held by Michelle Roberts.

The eastern boundary of Kalamunda, held by Matthew Hughes, will extend to align with the local government boundary and gain part of the Shire of Mundaring from Darling Range.

There will be no changes for Armadale (held by Tony Buti), Belmont (Cassie Rowe), Forrestfield (Stephen Price), Maylands (Lisa Baker), Mount Lawley (Simon Millman) and Thornlie (Chris Tallentire).

South Metropolitan region and district boundaries for 2021.

South metropolitan changes
In the southern suburbs, addressing high voter numbers in Baldivis, held by Reece Whitby, had flow on effects to other electorates.

The commissioners decided to transfer Bertram and Leda to Kwinana, held by Roger Cook, and part of Cooloongup to Rockingham, held by Mark McGowan.

Kwinana will lose Atwell and Success to Cockburn, held by Fran Logan, which will transfer part of Spearwood to Willagee, held by Peter Tinley.

That in turn will lose Murdoch and part of Kardinya to Bateman, held by Dean Nalder, boosting its low elector numbers.

A boundary adjustment between Fremantle, held by Simone McGurk, and Bicton, held by Lisa O’Malley, is expected to balance their numbers.

To increase numbers in Riverton, held by Mike Nahan, the commissioners decided to transfer part of Leeming from Jandakot, held by Yaz Mubarakai, and part of Riverton that sits in Cannington, held by Bill Johnston.

Relatively minor flow-on adjustments were proposed for the boundaries between Cannington and Victoria Park, held by Ben Wyatt, and between Victoria Park and South Perth, held by John McGrath.

There will be no changes for Southern River (held by Terry Healy) and Warnbro (Paul Papalia).

South West changes
Growth in elector numbers in the Mandurah and Dawesville electorates will also be addressed through the boundary changes.

The commissioners proposed to reduce enrolment in Dawesville, held by Zak Kirkup, by transferring part of Dudley Park to Mandurah, held by David Templeman.

That would be offset by transferring Barragup and Furnissdale to Murray-Wellington, held by Robyn Clarke, which would also gain Clifton, Herron and Bouvard from Dawesville.

Murray-Wellington will cede Roelands to Collie-Preston, with flow on adjustments to boundaries with Bunbury, Vasse and Warren Blackwood.

Visit www.boundaries.wa.gov.au for more information.