PROPOSED electoral boundary changes to the state seats of South Coast and Kiama that would have left the township of Tomerong cut in half appear to have been solved.
The Liberal and Labor parties have reached an agreement about the political future of Tomerong.
Proposed changes to the electoral boundaries would have seen half of the township falling in the seat of Kiama and the other half into South Coast.
A suggestion by South Coast MP Shelley Hancock to have the whole town included in the South Coast electorate has won Labor’s support.
The proposal includes everything south of the Parma Creek Nature Reserve and west of the Princes Highway and everything south of Pepper Road and east of the Princes Highway.
The proposal is before the independent Electoral District Commissioners, made up of chairman, Supreme Court judge Keith Mason, Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry and Surveyor General Des Mooney.
Shoalhaven City Council had also weighed in on the issue, making a submission to ask the government to reconsider its boundary adjustment.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash and a number of councillors attended a meeting staged by the Tomerong Community Forum, at which members voiced their concerns over the proposed change.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward welcomed the bipartisan support.
“The proposal is now before the commissioners and ultimately they will make the final decision, but the fact it is supported by the two major parties is a great step forward,” he said.
“The wishes of the Tomerong community have been listened to, which is something Shelley Hancock certainly promised at the time the redistribution of boundaries was made.
“No matter where people are, they are always going to have a view about lines being drawn on a map but this proposal at least stops the village being split down the middle."
The commissioners will consider all proposals on the possible boundary changes and after deliberations will hand down their final decision.