THE National Party has failed in its bid to convince the NSW Electoral Commission that it should remove Corowa Shire from the Albury electorate as part of a redistribution planned for the state.
The Nationals had argued the shire should be included in a Murray-Darling electorate extending to Wentworth and Broken Hill.
Not surprisingly, Corowa mayor Fred Longmire has welcomed the commissioners’ decision to keep his shire within Albury, arguing it is “where we want to be”.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin will have a larger electorate in which to campaign during the 2015 NSW election, with the Jerilderie and Urana shires now included.
He has noted the need to familiarise himself with the concerns of those living in the small rural towns within these shires ahead of the next state election.
Residents will switch their focus from the Murray-Darling electorate now held by John Williams and the seat will be renamed Murray.
Mr Aplin’s proposed handover of the areas that will be new to his seat is a good move to ensure constituents are feeling a continuity of representation when the boundaries change.