Proposed federal electoral divisions for Queensland released

Updated: 29 September 2017

The Redistribution Committee for Queensland today published its report proposing names and boundaries for Queensland’s 30 federal electoral divisions.

The Chair of the Committee and Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers said the redistribution was required as more than seven years had elapsed since a federal redistribution was last undertaken in Queensland.

“The recent determination of the number of members of the House of Representatives did not alter Queensland’s entitlement to 30 members meaning the current redistribution process continues with the release of this proposal,” Mr Rogers said.

“Under the proposal the boundaries of 18 of Queensland’s 30 federal electoral divisions would be amended and the current names of all 30 divisions would be retained.”

Proposal

The proposal would see:

  • the entirety of the Chuwar, Karana Downs, Kholo and Mount Crosby localities located in the proposed Division of Blair,
  • the entirety of the Bakers Creek, Balberra, Chelona, Dunnrock, McEwens Beach and Rosella localities located in the proposed Division of Capricornia,
  • parts of the Bridgeman Downs, Ferny Hills and McDowall localities located in the proposed Division of Dickson,
  • the entirety of the Chevallum, Hunchy, Palmwoods and West Woombye localities, and part of the Woombye locality, located in the proposed Division of Fisher,
  • the entirety of the Burgowan, Dundathu, Prawle, Susan River, Takura, Tandora, Torbanlea, Walliebum and Walligan localities, and part of the Aldershot locality, located in the proposed Division of Hinkler,
  • the entirety of the Bentley Park, Edmonton, Portsmith and Wrights Creek localities, and part of the Mount Sheridan locality, located in the proposed Division of Kennedy,
  • the entirety of the Molendinar locality located in the proposed Division of Moncrieff,
  • the entirety of the Annerley and Tarragindi localities located in the proposed Division of Moreton,
  • part of the Oxley locality located in the proposed Division of Oxley, and
  • parts of the Ashgrove and Enoggera localities located in the proposed Division of Ryan.

Mr Rogers said the Committee faced a situation where by September 2021 the enrolment totals for 11 of the 30 Queensland electoral divisions would not meet the numerical requirements.

“The proposed changes reflect the differing rates of population and enrolment growth across Queensland, as well as taking into account the projected enrolment in the 30 electoral divisions through to 27 September 2021.”

For further details, please see the full proposal report  including factors considered by the Queensland Redistribution Committee and maps of the proposed electoral divisions.

Objections

The consultative nature of the redistribution process continues with individuals and organisations now able to lodge objections to the Committee’s proposed divisions.

Written objections must be lodged no later than 6pm AEST Friday 27 October 2017. The best way to lodge an objection is online. Objections can also be submitted via:

  • Email: FedRedistribution-QLD@aec.gov.au;
  • In person: The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), Level 7, 488 Queen Street, Brisbane (business hours only);
  • Mail: The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), GPO Box 2590, Brisbane QLD 4001; or
  • Fax: 07 3834 3496.

All objections received by the deadline will be available for public inspection on Level 7, 488 Queen Street, Brisbane and on the AEC website from Monday 30 October 2017.

Comments on the objections will then be accepted until 6pm AEST Friday 10 November 2017. All comments on objections received by the deadline will be available for public inspection on Level 7, 488 Queen Street, Brisbane and on the AEC website from Monday 13 November 2017.

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