Part III: The final boundaries - Public response to the proposed boundaries

Public response to the proposed boundaries

  1. On 27 June 2013, the EBC released the proposed State electoral boundaries. The EBC prepared a publication containing maps of each of the proposed electoral districts and regions, statewide maps, enrolment statistics and a narrative (repeated above) explaining the reasons for the proposed boundaries. In accordance with the Act, the publication was sent to all municipal councils for public exhibition. In addition, copies were sent to all members of Parliament, registered political parties and persons who had made submissions to the EBC, and were provided to anybody who requested a copy. The maps and publication were also available on the EBC website.
  2. As required by the Act, the EBC placed notices of the proposed boundaries in the Government Gazette and in newspapers. To increase public awareness, the EBC distributed a media release to all media organisations throughout the State, and the Electoral Commissioner and the Secretary participated in several television and radio interviews. There was substantial media coverage of the proposed boundaries.
  3. The EBC invited written suggestions and objections about the proposed boundaries. By the deadline of 29 July 2013, the EBC had received a total of 608 submissions making suggestions or objections about the proposed boundaries25. Submissions were lodged by five political parties, two members of Parliament, 15 municipal councils, seven councillors and 48 organisations (such as the Geelong Trades Hall Council, the Yinnar and District Community Association and the Boronia Heights Primary School), with the balance coming from private citizens. Their geographic distribution was uneven, as illustrated by the following table showing the number of suggestions and objections dealing with particular electorates. More than a third (247) of the submissions dealt with Bentleigh and Clarinda districts, protesting about a proposed boundary change in Bentleigh East. There were almost as many (214) suggestions and objections about Rodney district, which the EBC proposed to abolish. Substantial numbers of submissions covered the Benalla/Seymour/Eildon area. In contrast, some districts, such as Mount Waverley, Frankston and Williamstown, were not mentioned in any submissions.
  4. A total of 72 letters and emails were received after the deadline. These were placed on the website merely to acknowledge their existence, but were not in any way considered by the EBC as suggestions or objections. The overwhelming majority of these communications covered issues that had already been exhaustively canvassed in suggestions and objections that were received in time.
  5. A person who lodged a written suggestion or objection could request to make an oral submission in support of the suggestion or objection. Any oral submissions must be heard in public. The EBC arranged three public hearings, as follows:
    • 12 August 2013, at the Melbourne County Court, primarily to hear political parties;
    • 13 August 2013, at the Melbourne County Court, to hear speakers from Melbourne and southern Victoria; and
    • 16 August 2013, at the Bendigo Court, to hear speakers from northern Victoria.

A total of 38 people spoke at the public hearings, including four members of Parliament and representatives of four political parties and one municipal council26.

Table: Number of submissions covering electorates

Electorate

Number of submissions

Electorate

Number of submissions

Districts

Albert Park

5

Lara

13

Altona

2

Lowan

4

Ballarat

4

Lyndhurst*

1

Ballarat East*

0

Macedon

2

Ballarat West*

0

Malvern

5

Bass

11

Melbourne

12

Bayswater

12

Melton

4

Bellarine

7

Mildura

5

Benalla*

24

Mill Park

6

Benambra

6

Mitcham*

1

Bendigo East

3

Monbulk

12

Bendigo West

7

Mordialloc

3

Bentleigh

247

Mornington

0

Box Hill

2

Morwell

15

Brighton

4

Mount Waverley

0

Broadmeadows

4

Mulgrave

2

Brunswick

4

Murray Valley*

2

Bulleen

1

Narracan

9

Bundoora

1

Narre Warren North

2

Buninyong

8

Narre Warren South

1

Burwood

0

Nepean

2

Carrum

5

Niddrie

7

Caulfield

2

Northcote

1

Clarinda

247

Oakleigh

1

Clayton*

0

Ovens Valley

10

Cranbourne

3

Pascoe Vale

2

Croydon

6

Polwarth

6

Dandenong

1

Prahran

12

Derrimut*

0

Preston

2

Doncaster*

3

Richmond

1

Eildon

36

Ringwood

5

Eltham

2

Ripon

14

Essendon

11

Rodney*

214

Evelyn

7

Sandringham

0

Ferntree Gully

2

Scoresby

6

Footscray

1

Seymour

51

Forest Hill

4

Shepparton

4

Frankston

0

South Barwon

4

Geelong

15

South-West Coast

3

Gembrook

5

St Albans

9

Gippsland East

0

Sunbury

8

Gippsland South

13

Swan Hill

23

Hastings

1

Sydenham

6

Hawthorn

0

Tarneit

2

Ivanhoe

1

Thomastown

3

Kew

1

Warrandyte

8

Keilor*

1

Werribee

1

Keysborough

3

Williamstown

0

Kilsyth*

0

Yan Yean

11

Kororoit

0

Yuroke

4

Regions

Eastern Metropolitan

1

South-Eastern Metropolitan

1

Eastern Victoria

0

Southern Metropolitan

0

Northern Metropolitan

0

Western Metropolitan

1

Northern Victoria

3

Western Victoria

2

Statewide

All Regions

2

All districts and regions

16

* Districts proposed to be abolished.





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See Appendix 3 for a list of those who lodged suggestions.

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See Appendix 4 for a list of speakers.

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