The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has today revealed plans to abolish the federal seat of North Sydney, currently held by Independent Kylea Tink.

The proposed redistribution of federal electoral divisions is being shaken up before the next election because of slower population population growth across the state.

The North Sydney electorate covers 53 square kilometres including suburbs from Kirribilli on the Sydney Harbour up to Woolwich. The North Sydney electorate was first used in the 1901 federal election, making it one of the oldest seats in the state. The current boundaries were last changed in 2016.

The proposed changes will affect the seats of Bennelong and Bradfield currently held by Labor and Liberals respectively. The proposal would see the suburbs of North Sydney, Kirribilli, Waverton, Cammeray, Crows Nest, Wollstonecraft and Cremorne move into the seat of Warringah held by independent Zali Steggall.

The McKellar electorate held by Sophie Scamps would expand further to include suburbs like Brookvale, Killarney Heights, North Curl Curl and all of Forestville.

The seat of Bennelong would expand to take in suburbs further east like Lane Cove, Woolwich, Greenwich, Longueville, Hunters Hill and parts of Chatswood. The change will see the suburbs of Willoughby, Northbridge, Castlecrag, Middle Cove and Artarmon all move into the seat of Bradfield.

Source: Kylea Tink website

In a statement on today’s federal electoral boundary announcement, Kylea Tink MP, Federal Member for North Sydney said the decision “has never been about me”.

“As the proud independent representative for the people of North Sydney, I am obviously disappointed by today’s draft boundary announcement from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). But this has never been about me.

“May 2022 was a turning point in Australian federal politics, and North Sydney was one of the first communities to stand up that year for independent representation.

“As one of the original 75 divisions contested at Australia’s first federal election, and a seat held by Prime Ministers and trailblazing Independents, North Sydney has also long punched above its weight in its contribution to building a better Australia.

“My focus remains on the community of North Sydney, the incredible team working with me, and the thousands of volunteers and donors who helped bring North Sydney’s voice back in 2022.

“I will continue to stand up for and fight for the people of North Sydney on the issues that matter most to our community.

“This includes continuing to hold both major parties to account for their lack of ambition and action on climate change. North Sydney is also desperate for measures to tackle housing affordability and the cost of living, address intergenerational inequality, protect the environment for future generations, and promote a smart, future-focused economy.

“The North Sydney community will continue to experience the same level of representation that they’ve had over the past two years. I remain committed to the independent political movement and will continue to support it wherever and whenever I can.

“This is a draft proposal and there is now a further process to go through. I will have more to say on this in due course.”

Under the proposal, the names of the 45 existing electoral divisions will be unchanged, and the existing Division of Cook (once held by Scott Morrison) will be jointly named to honour Sir Joseph Cook, a former Prime Minister of Australia, and Captain James Cook.

Members of the public and organisations are now invited to lodge written objections against the proposed redistribution.

Any interested person or organisation who wishes to make an objection to the proposed boundaries or names of electoral divisions contained in the proposed redistribution has until 6pm AEST Friday 12 July 2024 to lodge a written objection. You can find more information on the AEC website.

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