Tale of two electorates

The mouth of an unnamed creek marking the boundary of the Page and Cowper electorates
The mouth of an unnamed creek marking the boundary of the Page and Cowper electorates David Barwell

THIS unnamed creek at Sapphire Beach marks the political boundary that splits the Coffs Coast into two federal electorates.

Boundary redistributions ratified in January mean residents living north of the creek have fallen into the division of Page, while those south remain in Cowper.

The changes have caused confusion in recent weeks with several residents telling The Advocate they are uncertain about which electorate their home falls into.

Concerns have also been noted about a lack of detailed mapping reflecting the changes on the Electoral Commission’s website.

From the unnamed creek near Aqualuna Beach Resort, the boundary follows the Pacific Hwy slightly north before heading west.

Bucca, Coramba, Nana Glen and Lowanna have all moved to Page.

With an election looming, candidates for the Nationals, Labor and Greens have been selected in Cowper and Page. In coming weeks, The Advocate will profile the contenders and ask questions on issues put forward by the community.

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