Nats push for Lennox to become part of Page
LENNOX Head residents will become part of the Page electorate if the National Party has its way.
The Nationals have proposed that a boundary redraw, due to come into effect at the next Federal election, cut Lennox Head from Richmond to balance out electoral numbers.
Richmond is among the highest of all the North Coast divisions in terms of its projected population growth.
The Nationals' recent submission to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) states that Page was ideally placed to absorb Lennox as it had the lowest projected growth rate of all North Coast divisions at 4.22 per cent.
This compares with the projected population growth rate to 2010 for Richmond at 8.43 per cent.
Every six years the AEC is required to re-adjust Federal boundaries to ensure that each of the State's electoral divisions has, as near as possible, the same number of voters.
The Nationals' submission follows suggestions by the Australian Labor Party that no changes be made to the Richmond boundary.
The ALP has suggested that drastic changes be made to the border between Page and Cowper. They have proposed that Yamba be moved from Cowper to Page and that rural communities around Nymboida be moved from Page to Cowper.
In a personal submission to the AEC, National Party member and Clarence Valley councillor Chris Gulaptis said the concern was about Richmond and Page, not Page and Cowper.
"If you're going to interfere with Cowper then you're going to have a three-way boundary change where you'll have to change Richmond as well," he said.
"Page is the area that is lacking in numbers, therefore it makes it easier to tackle numbers from Richmond."