Nanango expands to take in all of the South Burnett
THE State electorate of Nanango will expand to take in the entirety of the South Burnett Regional Council area.
The expansion is the result of a redistribution of boundaries by the Electoral Commission, announced last week, which resulted in the creation of four new seats.
Previously, the electorate only went up to Wooroolin, but following the redistribution it now takes in Wondai, Cherbourg, Murgon, and Proston, all previously in Callide.
Previously Nanango also took in Crows Nest, west of Esk, but that has been placed in the Condamine electorate.
Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said it made sense to bring the entire South Burnett into the electorate.
"I have proudly represented the people of the Nanango electorate since 2012. Irrespective of the boundaries I intend to continue to represent the needs of the people in this great part of our state," Mrs Frecklington said.
"Looking at the new maps, it seems like common sense to bring the entire South Burnett into one electorate. The areas of the Somerset that I represent remain unchanged.
"Naturally I am disappointed to lose areas located in the Toowoomba Regional and Western Downs council area, but I am confident that Pat Weir and myself will continue to work together for the region."
Mrs Frecklington said people don't want politicians to be wasting time worrying about lines on a map.
"There are so many other important issues like health, roads and jobs," she said.
"I'm proud to have delivered some great achievements for the South Burnett like funding through the Royalties for Regions program for new overtaking lanes and $10m in funding for the Kingaroy Water Treatment Plant.
"We've also seen funding for the new Kingaroy and Nanango Police Stations new Police, a new Ambulance Station in Kingaroy and works on major road networks.
"But there's so much more to do and along with my colleagues, I will be continuing to fight for our fair share across the region."
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the next state election would be contested on the new boundaries.