PROPOSED electoral boundary changes have drawn the ire of Flagstone residents unhappy they have been moved into the newly created Jordan electorate from Logan.
Beverly Mortensen said her suburb’s inclusion in Jordan would mean the struggles of Flagstone’s working families who commuted via the Mount Lindesay Highway to Logan would be overlooked.
She said the infrastructure needs of the greater Springfield district, covered by the Jordan electorate, could take attention away from the issues faced by Flagstone residents who travelled to Logan for business, school and essential services.
With traffic from Bromelton’s newly completed freight terminal expected to clog parts of the Mount Lindesay Highway connecting Flagstone to Logan, Ms Mortensen said it was important the travel concerns of Flagstone’s residents were taken seriously – something she said may be unlikely if Flagstone was pushed into Jordan.
“It is an unreasonable expectation that a parliamentary representative in Jordan should devote a disproportionately high amount of their time to a small number of voters in Flagstone,” she said.
Ms Mortensen has now called for Flagstone’s proposed inclusion in Jordan to be scrapped and wants other residents unhappy about the boundary changes to make their views known.
Public objections to the redistribution can be made to the Queensland Redistribution Commission up until March 27.
Bev Mortensen explains the proposed boundary changes. pic.twitter.com/9vLZ1D0iGh— Hannah Baker (@hanloubaker) March 20, 2017
A petition objecting to the boundary changes, which has garnered more than 130 signatures, will circulate Flagstone’s shops until late Wednesday evening before submission to the commission.
While Logan MP Linus Power was disappointed about Flagstone’s proposed inclusion into Jordan, he said the concerns of Flagstone’s residents who travelled on the Mount Lindesay Highway would not be ignored.
He said the Queensland Redistribution Commission needed to consider ways of travel within districts when enacting boundary changes and encouraged those concerned about the redistribution to submit their feedback to the commission.