Cook will keep its shape in the redraw
THE proposed changes to the Queensland electorates have now been released, and at a glance the seat of Cook is unchanged, but there are two minor alterations that require a much closer look.
Added to Cook, and uniting the whole community in Local Government and State Government is Wangetti, which has previously had its southern portions represented by the seat of Barron River despite being part of the Douglas Shire Council.
The southern coastal border of Cook now follows the Douglas Shire border under the proposed changes.
Cook would also gain more of Mareeba thanks to the changes.
Members of the community have been invited by the Queensland Redistribution Commission to lodge any complaints, objections or comments with the commission by Monday March 27.
During the redistribution process the LNP had suggested Cook be expanded by adding more of the Gulf Communities, and the ALP had recommended removing Mareeba and extending the southern coastal border further into Cairns’ northern beaches, both suggestions were ignored.
Member for Cook Gordon told the that he’d wanted the seat to be split in half.
“I may put in a submission. Yes, we struggle in terms of population quota,” he said.
“But, with the amount of disadvantaged communities – people living below the socioeconomic level of comfort in places like the Cape – it would be good to see the electorate split in half.”
Mr Gordon has yet to announce whether he will run in the next election - whether it be later this year or early in 2018.
So far no candidates – independent or from major parties– have been nominated to run in Cook. Billy