Federal Liberal Grey MP Rowan Ramsey said he welcomed the release by the Australian Electoral Commission of a proposed redistribution of South Australia’s electoral divisions.
Mr Ramsey said the proposal was broadly in line with his submission to the committee.
“The seat of Grey covers 92 percent of the state and a vast range of industry including agriculture, aquaculture, heavy industrial, mining and fishing,” he said.
“Under the proposal, the seat would include the council areas of Clare and Gilbert Valley, Adelaide Plains and parts of Light and Wakefield councils.
“The seat will stretch from Two Wells and the Northern Expressway to the Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales borders.
“This will include some of the state’s premier wine growing country.
“The inclusion of the area around Two Wells and its associated horticulture industry will present a new and exciting challenge to the Member for Grey and perhaps the same result could have been achieved by the inclusion of a greater part of the Light District Council.”
Mr Ramsey said that while he knows many of these areas reasonably well he looks forward to being out and about in them more often in coming months to ensure he is well prepared for their inclusion.
The process undertaken by the commission determined SA will lose a seat because of the state’s declining percentage of the national population and consequently the remaining 10 electorates need to have between 107,533 and 131,453 electors each. As a result, Grey is set to gain 17,719.