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Electoral Commission urged to keep Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo together

Ian Bushnell 7 March 2019 5

Woden Town Centre is a hub for Weston Creek and Molonglo.

The districts of Woden, Weston Creek and the developing Molonglo Valley should be kept together in the one electorate due to their common interests and their reliance on the Woden Town Centre as their main service hub, the Woden Valley Community Council has argued.

In a submission to the ACT Electoral Commission on its redistribution of electoral boundaries this year, the WVCC argues that the three areas’ strong community links meant they needed to be considered by government as a single geographical unit.

They are at present contained in the electorate of Molonglo Valley.

WVCC president Fiona Carrick told Region Media any possible peeling off of suburbs to other electorates would dilute the combined bargaining and lobbying power of the three districts.

 

 

She said Woden had been split before and the recent Federal redistribution had divided the district between the new electorates of Canberra and Bean.

“Having the catchment of Woden, Weston, and Molonglo is very important to be able to say that we have this population base and that warrants providing facilities to these people,” Ms Carrick.

The Government had already tended to look at Woden’s population in isolation, instead of looking at the entire catchment, which benefitted the northern parts of the ACT when it came to services and facilities.

Ms Carrick said the Woden Valley and Weston Creek community councils already worked together and the area needed strong advocates to champion its needs.

The submission highlights the dearth of community facilities in Woden Town Centre, and the concerns in Weston Creek about parking at Cooleman Court, and in Molonglo about the provision of shops and the development of a Group Centre.

“The level of densification (particularly in Woden and Molonglo) requires advocacy to ensure great outcomes and the recent rejection of some Development Applications demonstrates the risk of overdevelopment is real,” it says.

“It is therefore vital to our community that we have strong and active representation to advocate for jobs, housing and facilities in our community, to be a champion for our community.”

The next ACT election will be held in 2020.

 


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4:49 pm 07 Mar 19

Yeh. Nah.

bj_ACT 3:46 pm 07 Mar 19

Splitting Kambah in half and across two different electorates has been proposed by both Labor and Liberal.

Looks like Another great way to ensure some parts of canberra don’t get the attention and facilities they deserve.

This Kambah split would again highlight the way the political parties target their election promises and funding to win the vote in key areas that swing elections, not to try and improve Canberra In the suburbs of highest need.

I’m surprised their not trying to leave Oakes Estate off the map.

1:01 pm 07 Mar 19

No thanks. The needs of a developing district are quite different from established or aging districts. Molonglo doesn't even have an express bus route to Woden FFS.

10:53 am 07 Mar 19

The only reason we really have electorates in the ACT is for manageability on polling day. A 25 member single electorate (or the original single electorate of 17) means giant ballot paper that is unworkable. Even electronically it is unweildy because you'd be voting for 25 instead of just 5. The boundaries are really just there so that every candidate gets voted in by similar proportions of voters. They mean very little in terms of local members looking out for the local region. I mean Tuggeranong residents voted for Zed in 2012 and he didn't even live in the valley. It is far better that the ACT government works for the whole of the territory rather than these political point scoring games where one part of the city whinges because it thinks it is hard done by. As a Tuggeranong resident, any fellow resident that complains about spending, I direct them to go and take a drive in Gungahlin and see if they'd rather live there instead. It is far better that resources are managed as a territory-wide thing and not because one area thinks they need something. so electorate boundaries are nothing more than a way to manage the voting process in the ACT.

10:26 am 07 Mar 19

Well what about Belconnen being split also? Based on that notion Belconnen should be a whole district in Ginninderra electorate. It’s a farce!

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