All of Hilltops to be a part of Cootamundra electorate

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the final determination of electoral boundaries, as announced by the NSW Electoral Commission on Thursday.

"I am so pleased the draft electoral boundary changes proposed by the electoral commission in November 2020 has been finalised without change," Ms Cooke said.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with the new boundary map. Photo: Supplied.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with the new boundary map. Photo: Supplied.

"This means the seat of Cootamundra will retain the local government areas of Bland, Coolamon, Cowra, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Hilltops, Junee, Narrandera, Temora and Weddin, whilst warmly welcoming the communities of Boorowa, Mount Collins, Hovells Creek, Reids Flat, Godfreys Creek, Frogmore, Taylors Flat, Rugby and Rye Park into the electorate.

"This redistribution means the entirety of the Hilltops Council local government area is now within one state electorate."

Ms Cooke said the Boorowa region shares a lot in common with communities' right across the Cootamundra electorate.

"This seat is one of the more unique state electorates as it is not based around one major regional centre, rather it is a network of tight-knit towns and villages.

"With the redistribution process now finalised, I look forward to getting to know the individuals and families, small businesses and community organisations of the Boorowa region better, and including them in the communities I strive to support as the local Member.

"I have visited and worked alongside people from the Boorowa area for many years, which of course includes my colleague the Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman and I am very pleased this positive working relationship is set to continue as we commence this period of transition."

The NSW Electoral Commission conducts a boundary redistribution after every second New South Wales State election, to ensure the number of electors within each electoral district remain equal.

The redistribution determination is made after an extensive consultation process which involves input from stakeholders, including members of the public.

For more information, please visit https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/redistribution

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