Submission to the Australian Electoral Commission on the Proposed Boundary Redistribution of the Macarthur Electorate
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed boundary redistribution of the Macarthur Electorate.
Rich in history and character, the Macarthur region was the birthplace of Australia's wool, wine and wheat industries. Today, these links with the history of colonial settlement are reflected in the large number of heritage listed buildings that are still scattered throughout region.
If the proposed boundary redistribution was approved, the Macarthur electorate would lose its well-developed sense of community association with the historically significant Macarthur District, The very reason for the Macarthur Electorate’s existence is Camden itself, the place where the Australian sheep industry was born. John and Elizabeth Macarthur pioneered that industry as well as wine, horticulture and dairy enterprises at their property “Camden Park”.
The name “Macarthur” is indelibly linked to Camden and the region’s rich heritage. Macarthur is more than just a name on the electoral map. It is the symbol of a dynamic and progressive region, but at the same time, a region which is intensely proud of its connections with the past.
MACROC therefore submits that the boundaries of the Macarthur Federal Electorate and its name should remain unchanged, in recognition of the strong community association that has existed previously, and continues today, with the historically borne spirit of pioneering, enterprise, prosperity and community cohesion The association of a significant and growing community with the name “Macarthur” stands to continue to help “galvanise” the range of broad interests that contribute to our region’s community spirit and resilience. These are values that the Macarthur has always been renowned for, from its very beginnings.
11 November 2015
File: Submission to the Australian Electoral Commission on the Proposed Boundary Redistribution of the Macarthur Electorate
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