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History-making boundary shake up for Queensland

GLASS House MP Andrew Powell has dubbed the drafted state electorate redistributions that saw the creation of four brand new constituencies as 'monumental'.

"I don't think we've seen changes like this in the history of Queensland," he said.

The changes are in fact the most significant electoral boundary changes in more than 30 years, and the Moreton Bay region isn't any exception.

The draft will see creation of a new seat of Bancroft, three renamed electorates and major boundary reshuffles throughout the entire region.

TIBROGARGAN

Mr Powell could feel the strain as the only Liberal state member in the region.

His seat of Glass House will be called Tibrogargan and loses suburbs in the Sunshine Coast, but gains parts of Morayfield and Upper Caboolture, Mt Mee, and Bellmere which is currently Labor territory.

He said he's not worried about the changes as he planned to doorknock his new areas.

"We've always accepted the independent umpire on this and to be blunt, this is the kind of thing that excites politicians and political tragics like myself," he said.

"Mum and dads and businesses are probably not enthused by the changes; the real issues are still paying electricity bills and car rego on time."

PUMICESTONE

While Pumicestone has lost the Caboolture Hospital, current member Rick Williams is delighted with the gains the electorate has made.

The boundaries now take in the Caboolture Showgrounds, Caboolture Historical Village, the Queensland State Equestrian Centre and the north half of Bribie Island.

"I've worked with those areas before and I'm looking forward to getting that area more funding," he said.

"My attitude is I take whatever they give me. I have a job to do for the whole community. It's probably good to have a shake up."

Pumicestone remains predominantly responsible for Bribie Island and surrounding areas such as Ningi, Beachmere and Toorbul.

BANCROFT

The new seat of Bancroft will essentially replace the current electorate of Murrumba except for suburbs Mango Hill and Rothwell in the south.

Its main focus will be to look after identified growth areas North Lakes and Deception Bay as the population of voters is set to grow 7.99% above the state electorate quota by 2023.

Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting has announced he will run for Bancroft.

"Eighteen years ago I first starting knocking on doors in Deception Bay, asking them to vote for me to be their local councillor," he said.

"As the first Labor candidate for Bancroft, I will once again bring my values to the job - a fair go for everyone - equality of opportunity - tolerance - acceptance - the dignity and sanctity of work - the absolute importance of education and training."

Bancroft also includes Burpengary East which encompasses the new North Harbour development set to grow to 530,000 residents by 2031.

The electorate is named after Joseph Bancroft, a doctor who migrated to Brisbane from Manchester in 1864 and was best known for being the first to recognise leprosy in the colony, and sought remedies for typhoid which was prevalent at the time.

He practiced in Eagle St before building a house on the corner of Ann St and Wharf St in Brisbane, where he practiced until his death.

He was also a keenly interested in natural history, livestock and agriculture.

Mr Bancroft developed a process for drying and canning beef for export and built a workshop in Deception Bay, but was no commercially successful.

He published 38 scientific papers in his lifetime and passed away on June 16 1894.

MORAYFIELD

Morayfield has been refined to cope with the growing population in the area, while gaining the Caboolture Hub, King St and the Caboolture Hospital.

It loses a significant geographic mass to the west that includes Upper Caboolture and parts of Burpengary in the south.

Current representative Mark Ryan has declared he will run again and said he was looking forward to the responsibility of having the hospital in his electorate.

"While I'm sad I won't be representing those areas that have gone to different electorates, what won't change is my commitment to serving our community in the Queensland Parliament," he said.

"The Caboolture Hospital serves a large area - larger than any one electorate - and I've always worked hard alongside my colleagues to push for more services and infrastructure at our hospital.  

Since the 2015 election, I have worked hard to ensure that our hospital has more nurses, doctors, beds and car parking spaces, and I'm committed to doing more." 

KURWONGBAH

One of the most changed electorates, Kallangur will now be Kurwongbah.

Kallangur will now be a part of the new Murrumba electorate, while Kurwongbah picks up Narangba and parts of Burpengary.

Kallangur MP Shane King has announced he will run for Kurwongbah.


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