The residents of Lord Howe Island have been heard loud and clear with the NSW Electorate Commission Redistribution Panel deciding to keep the Island as part of the Port Macquarie electorate.
The decision was announced on Friday after months of lengthy community engagement and review over redistribution of electoral boundaries that proposed the island community move into a Sydney zoning.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams congratulated the island's residents who overwhelmingly made their feelings known to the panel with 32 submissions supporting the status quo which earned them a special mention in the final report.
The panel acknowledged the opposition to the Redistribution Panel's proposal that Lord Howe Island be transferred from the electoral district of Port Macquarie to the electoral district of Sydney.
"Islanders and other stakeholders highlighted in their submissions the very close links that the island has with Port Macquarie including of course, that the Island Trader operated by Birdon Marine transports goods and materials to them which in the main are sourced from local businesses from our local community," Mrs Williams said.
"It made perfect sense to keep the Island in the Port Macquarie electorate with linkages to our district for a range of critical services including policing, education and emergency services."
Meanwhile, the Port Macquarie electorate will no longer include the communities of Upper Lansdowne and Lansdowne which are transferred to Myall Lakes, as well as Telegraph Point, The Hatch, Blackmans Point and King Creek which will be in the Oxley electorate.
"These changes do not come into effect until the 2023 state government election so until then I look forward to continuing to represent them in the Parliament," Mrs Williams said.
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