Cook will keep its shape in the re­draw

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - POL­I­TICS Scott Tib­balls

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

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