MINIMAL changes have been proposed for the federal electorate of Gippsland by the Australian Electoral Commission’s redistribution committee.
Gippsland will gain parts of the Yallourn North area not already in it, while losing a small part of Newborough to neighbouring McMillan, which will be renamed Monash.
The renaming of McMillan was the biggest talking point during the redistribution process because of explorer and pioneer Angus McMillan’s massacre of indigenous people in east Gippsland during the 1840s.
Ten alternative names were suggested during the consultation periods, including four relating to indigenous people, Bunijleene-Purrine, Gunai-Kurnai, Warrigal and Rose (after boxing champion Lionel Rose).
The redistribution committee considered Monash to be an appropriate name for the electorate, as World War 1 military commander Sir John Monash’s work with the State Electricity Commission contributed significantly to the development of the Gippsland region.
A change to electorate boundaries was required, with Victoria gaining a new division because of the high rate of the state’s population increase.
Divisions are required to fall within two numerical ranges, relating to the amount of electors enrolled last year and the projected number in August 2019.
While the Gippsland electorate was within the ranges, it was close to the lower end of the scale for the projected population.
The McMillan electorate was over both quotas. Yallourn North, split between Gippsland and McMillan, will be united into Gippsland, gaining 973 projected electors.
Newborough will be united in Monash, transferring two projected electors.
There had been proposals to include Wilson’s Promontory in Gippsland.
The newly-named Monash will lose Pakenham to La Trobe, and gain parts of Bass and Cardinia shires in the electorate of Flinders.
People and organisations have until Friday, May 4, to lodge objections to the proposed divisions.
Objections can be made on the AEC website, emailed to FedRedistribution-VIC@aec.gov.au, faxed to (02) 6293 7664 or mailed to Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), GPO Box 768, Melbourne 3001.