TOMERONG village has been kept in the state electoral seat of South Coast despite the original proposal to split the town.
The boundary between South Coast and Kiama has moved south giving a large geographical area to Kiama.
The original 2004 boundary followed the Shoalhaven River. The new boundary only follows the river from Nowra to Shoalhaven Heads. From Nowra the boundary line follows the Princes Highway south and turns west before reaching the village of Tomerong.
The final boundary decision was a relief for residents of Tomerong who already contend with being split by council ward boundaries.
Chairman of the Tomerong Community Forum Peter Allison thanked the community groups, residents and politicians who wrote support to keep Tomerong in the seat of South Coast.
“The wishes of the Tomerong community were that the previous draft boundaries be altered so that Tomerong was wholly within one electorate,” he said.
“This was made very clear at a meeting held at the Tomerong hall and was strongly supported by Mayor Joanna Gash, councillors Patricia White and Alan Baptist and Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis, who were in attendance.
“Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock was also very supportive and has done a great deal of work on this issue at a state level.”
Mrs Hancock said she wrote “a very strong submission asking the Electoral Commission to leave this town intact, don’t divide it.”
Regarding the overall boundary changes Mrs Hancock said the people at the southern end of the new Kiama boundary now had a long way to travel to see their local member.
She said she would make her office in Nowra available to Member for Kiama Gareth Ward.
Mr Ward recently commented about the boundary change in relation to the Liberal Party’s submission to the Independent Boundaries Commission.
“The Liberal Party submission was not entirely supported by the commission,” he said.
“The submission also included everything to the south of the Parma Creek Nature Reserve and accompanying properties along Parma Road to the south of the Parma Creek Nature reserve be included in South Coast.
“This is not what the commissioners concluded, so to say the Liberal Party submission was adopted without caveat would be incorrect.”