A PUSH to remove Corowa shire from the Albury state electorate has failed, with electoral commissioners sticking with a draft redistribution that will add Jerilderie and Urana shires to the Liberal-held seat.
The move means Albury will extend westward by more than 50 kilometres.
It will consist of Albury and the shires of Corowa, Greater Hume, Jerilderie, Tumbarumba and Urana from the 2015 NSW election.
The National Party had argued Corowa shire should be transferred to a Murray-Darling electorate extending to Wentworth and Broken Hill.
Corowa mayor Fred Longmire welcomed the commissioners’ decision to keep his shire within Albury.
“That’s where we want to be,” Cr Longmire said.
“The community of interest right across the shire is to Albury for many reasons.”
Member for Albury Greg Aplin also welcomed the outcome and said he would familiarise himself with the concerns of the Jerilderie and Urana communities.
“I’ll want to get across the issues that those people have, whether they are councillors, businesses or farmers,” Mr Aplin said.
“I’ll do that in conjunction with my colleague, the member for Murray-Darling (John Williams), and I would clearly like to do a handover.”
Urana mayor Pat Bourke said there was no angst about the move but he hoped Mr Aplin would show as much interest in little centres as Mr Williams.
“John had a focus on a lot of rural towns, small towns, and we had a good hearing from him,” Cr Bourke said.
“It would be good if we could get the same sort of hearing from Greg that we did from John and the larger centres like Albury aren’t the focus.”
Elsewhere, National Party deputy leader Adrian Piccoli’s seat of Murrumbidgee will be abolished and a new Newtown seat created in Sydney.
Murray-Darling will be renamed Murray and will cover Deniliquin, Wentworth and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.
The seat of Burrinjuck will become Cootamundra and will extend from Narrandera to Gundagai.