National Party, Dr David Gillespie MP, is the new Federal Member for the Myall Coast area as a result of the electoral boundary shakeup which came into effect last Friday.
Formally part of the seat of Paterson represented by Mr Bob Baldwin MP, Karuah and the entire Great Lakes Local Government Area are now officially part of the Federal seat of Lyne.
The boundary changes mean a shift south for Lyne, losing Port Macquarie and picking up over half of Paterson.
The new boundaries stretch from Karuah in the South to Lake Cathie and Ballengarra in the North.
Current sitting member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie, elected to the seat in 2013, said he is pleased to have the opportunity to represent the Myall Coast community.
“I’ve already had a number of visits to the area, spoken to a number of locals and have also received a briefing from the Great Lakes Deputy Mayor about some of the issues council has been working on.”
“I am planning on undertaking a series of forums throughout the electorate over the coming weeks.”
Dr Gillespie, who had a successful medical career spanning over 20 years as a physician and medical educator on the Mid-North Coast, will be focusing his attention on a number of issues concerning his new electorate.
Local infrastructures, small business, tax reforms, health cover and medical services, aged care and tackling the fight against drugs are all on Dr Gillespie’s list of priorities.
Federal Member for Paterson Mr Bob Baldwin, who now goes from a safe conservative seat to a marginal Labor seat, expressed his sadness at losing more than half his area to Lyne.
“Sadly, my much loved communities including Karuah, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Nerong, Bulahdelah, North Arm Cove, Tahlee, Bundabah and Pindimar will all fall into the Federal Seat of Lyne,” he said.
Dr Gillespie intends his association with the community will be ongoing with confirmation he will contest the seat in the 2016 Federal Election.
By Daniel SAHYOUN