06 November 2013

AEC office must stay in Colac

Sarah Henderson, Federal Member for Corangamite, has expressed major concerns about a decision of the previous Labor Government to relocate Colac’s AEC office to Geelong.

Ms Henderson said that she had written to the Special Minister of State, Senator Ronaldson, in relation to the proposed closure.

“I am delighted that Minister Ronaldson has agreed to review this decision,” Ms Henderson said.

“As it was proposed to move the electorate office out of the Corangamite electorate to the federal electorate of Corio, such a move ordinarily requires the approval of the Minister.”

“It is very disappointing that Labor did not properly consider the impact that closing the office would have on the people of Colac.”

“Its plan was to re-locate the Divisional Returning Officer for Corangamite, Mr Vic Parker, and his two permanent staff to the AEC’s Divisional office in Geelong, which is in the Federal electorate of Corio.”

“The Office is an important asset for Colac.”

“Its closure would, in all likelihood, lead to a loss of jobs in Colac due to the travel burden imposed on permanent staff.”

“It would also lead to the loss of many temporary jobs which are made available to local residents at the time of each federal election.”

“Due to the geographical size of the Corangamite electorate, the re-location of the Office to the Corio electorate would also prevent many Colac constituents readily accessing services offered by the AEC,” Ms Henderson concluded.

6 November 2013