Electoral boundary changes see suburbs shift to different seats

CHANGES to the Federal electoral boundaries have taken effect with several north-eastern suburbs in different seats.

The changes aim to redistribute electorate numbers to maintain a balance of between 96,197 and 103,175 voters in each seat’s boundaries.

The Pearce electorate lost about a third of its existing electors – almost 36,000 people – as a result of the changes.

But it gained 19,437 from neighbouring seats, mostly along the coast.

It means the electorate, which had almost 108,000 electors in December 2014, will cover about 99,000 people in February 2017 rather than 115,600.

“The existing division of Pearce has the highest projected growth of all divisions and therefore must contribute the highest number of electors to other divisions,” an Australian Electoral Commission report said.

“Pearce is also impacted by its neighbouring division of Hasluck contributing the highest number of electors to the creation of the new division of Burt.

“This has resulted in a substantial movement of electors.”

Pearce ceded its portion of the Shire of Mundaring to Hasluck, as well as part of the Shire of Kalamunda.

Walliston and Lesmurdie also transferred to Hasluck.

This means an extra 31,800 voters altogether now fall in its boundaries rather than Pearce.

Hasluck will end up with about 97,300 electors next year, rather than the previous prediction of 91,700.

WA will get one extra electorate – the seat of Burt – at the expense of New South Wales due to relative population growth.

For more information, visit www.aec.gov.au.