State electoral boundary review reveals northern imbalance

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ELECTORAL boundaries are likely to change across the northern suburbs before the next State Election, with a variety of options under review.

According to the WA Electoral Commission, the Butler electorate is 24.56 per cent over the recommended enrolment level with 34,345 electors as of March 11.

At -5.88 per cent, Kingsley has the lowest level in the north metropolitan region with 25,951 electors.

As part of the review of electoral boundaries, the commission invited suggestions earlier this year and received a variety of possible solutions.

WA Labor suggested shifting Yanchep and Two Rocks from Butler, held by Labor MLA John Quigley, to the country electorate of Moore, currently held by Nationals MLA Shane Love.

The Liberal Party suggested shifting Quinns Rocks from Butler to the Burns Beach electorate, held by Labor’s Mark Folkard, and transferring Currambine and Joondalup to the Joondalup electorate, held by Labor’s Emily Hamilton.

Former Labor MP Ken Travers made a similar submission, saying splitting the suburb of Joondalup between two electorates had created confusion.

Another submitter, D Walsh, suggested Butler shed Yanchep and Two Rocks and a new ‘Yanchep’ electorate be created, incorporating inland suburbs through to Ashby, Banksia Grove, Carramar, Mariginiup and Tapping.

He also recommended redrawing the Wanneroo electorate boundary and amalgamating what remained of Girrawheen and Mirraboooka into one electorate.

The commission has invited comments on suggestions made by political parties and members of the public until May 13.

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