Marginal status for Corangamite becomes official

STILL MARGINAL: New boundaries for the seat of Corangamite became official this week.

Colac and district civic leaders remain in a strong position to lobby the federal government ahead of the next election.
The Australian Electoral Commission released new maps of Victoria’s electorates on Monday, which include changes to Colac’s seat of Corangamite, following nearly a year of drafting and consultation.
Corangamite is set to remain a marginal seat after retaining most of its voters.
Corangamite’s western boundary now follows the boundaries of Colac Otway Shire, gaining a rectangular section of the shire south of Lake Corangamite, while the seat’s east has lost part of the Bellarine Peninsula.
Colac Otway Shire mayor Brian Crook said remaining marginal was key to the shire’s “future prosperity”.
Cr Crook said the council would lobby for Colac Central Reserve and Bluewater Fitness Centre upgrades at 2013’s federal election.
He said ensuring the duplication of the Princes Highway to Colac and beyond was also a priority.
Previous redistribution drafts had expanded Corangamite’s western limit to include the traditionally conservative Corangamite Shire but the AEC reversed the decision after receiving public objections.
Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman said he was “absolutely” happy with the result.
Corangamite Shire mayor Matt Makin said the AEC’s decision to keep his shire in Wannon was unsurprising.

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