Editorial - November 14: Milestone year for politics

THE political boundaries could be redefined in more ways than one on the Coffs Coast over the next 12 months.

Submissions to the Australian Electoral Commission's boundary adjustment for the Cowper, Page and Lyne electorates closed last night.

The overwhelming feedback from readers is Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches should be included in the Cowper Federal electorate, along with Coffs Harbour, given the social and economic links and the Coffs Harbour local government area boundary.

A concern is Woolgoolga as the southern-most stretch of Page may lose out in terms of funding priority under a Federal MP based in Lismore.

Under the funding formulas of Federal Government, this may not happen, but it's a fair point it would be easier to have the ear of an MP based 15 minutes away.

The entire Fit for the Future agenda led by the State Government across local government has also raised debate over the future of Coffs Coast councils.

Bellingen Shire wants to standalone in a partnership with Nambucca Shire and Coffs Harbour City rather than go down the road of a merger.

Either way, 2016 looks like a year that politics as we know it will change across the region.

Matt Deans,

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