THE new state electoral boundary for Orange, which was released on Thursday, could increase the Nationals’ margin, according to the member for Orange.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee said early indications suggest the inclusion of Forbes and Parkes and exclusion of Mudgee in the boundary will not negatively impact his chances at the next election.
The redistribution of boundaries was done to account for an increase in population in parts of the state.
The new boundaries mean each electorate has roughly the same number of constituents.
The boundary changes largely follow the draft maps released by the NSW Electoral Commission in June and will come into effect at the 2015 state election.
The seat of Orange will lose Wellington and Mudgee to Dubbo but pick up Forbes and Parkes.
Orange will also lose Geurie, Stuart Town, Mumbil and Gulgong but gain Peak Hill, Trundle, Eugowra and Canowindra.
Mr Gee thinks the changes will benefit Cabonne Council greatly.
“It will make dealing with the state government much easier for them with a unified Cabonne,” he said.
Mr Gee said he was sad to see Mudgee go to Dubbo and that he had worked hard for the people of Geurie and Gulgong.
“On the other hand I’ll be proud to represent the people of Parkes and Forbes and the other new parts,” he said.
When the draft boundaries were made available the Central Western Daily asked online readers in a poll whether they thought Orange had more in common with Wellington and Mudgee or Forbes and Parkes.
Of the 92 people who responded, 70 per cent said Orange had more in common with Forbes and Parkes.