Size pushing boundaries

THE boundaries of Butler, Girrawheen and possible Wanneroo will have to change before the 2017 state election, a preliminary review says.

The Electoral Distribution Commissioners’ preliminary observations of 2015 review of state electoral boundaries show both Butler and Girrawheen exceed average district enrolment, while Wanneroo is approaching the permitted upper limit.

According to the observations based on March 9 enrolment figures, Butler exceeds the average of 24,923 electors by 33.58 per cent, the highest variation in WA.

Girrawheen exceeds it by 14.35 per cent, and Wanneroo is 9.69 per cent about the average. The permitted level under the Electoral Act is 10 per cent above or below the average.

“Each district in the outer ring abutting the perimeter of the metropolitan area (Butler, Swan Hills, Darling Range and Warnbro) is outside permissible limits,” the commissioners’ observation report said.

“Many of those districts are relatively large in geographical size and contain areas that are likely to be developed for housing in future years.

“It is not easy at this stage to posit specific options for boundary adjustments in the metropolitan regions.”

It said Girrawheen was one of five other “problem” districts that had limited options for boundary changes and were likely to see further housing development.

Boundaries of all local electorates changed following the last review, in 2011, and the Mindarie electorate was renamed Butler when those changes came into effect at the March 2013 election.

Tomorrow will mark the start of a public comment period that will end on May 13.

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