The final ward boundaries for Brisbane City Council were released last Friday. These boundaries will apply for next March’s council election.
The changes from the draft boundaries were relatively mild, although it was enough to push Doboy from being very marginal for the LNP to becoming a notional Labor ward.
10% of the city had been transferred into a new ward on the draft boundaries: this drops to 8% on the final boundaries, with a number of 2016 boundary lines restored.
Amongst the marginal wards, the LNP did best in Coorparoo, where their margin is now 3.8% (compared to 3% in 2016, and 2.4% on the draft boundaries). The draft boundaries had pushed this ward to the south-west as far as Ipswich Road, but this area has now been returned to Moorooka. Instead Coorparoo has maintained Camp Hill in its north-eastern corner.
The LNP margin in Doboy was reduced from 4.3% to 0.04% on the draft boundaries. Further changes have flipped the ward to a notional Labor margin of 0.3%. This increases the number of notional Labor wards from five to six.
It should, however, be noted that Labor was on track to flip at least two more wards if the voting system was changed to compulsory preferential voting. This change has now been dropped by the Palaszczuk government.
This table shows how these boundaries change the margins in the Brisbane City Council wards.
|Ward||Party||Old margin||New margin||Change|
|Paddington||LNP vs GRN||5.8%||5.7%||-0.1%|
|Pullenvale||LNP vs GRN||18.1%||18.0%||-0.1%|
|Tennyson||IND vs ALP||26.3%||25.0%||-1.2%|
|The Gabba||GRN vs LNP||5.0%||6.8%||1.8%|
|Walter Taylor||LNP vs GRN||16.5%||15.9%||-0.6%|
This map shows the margins of the new wards, but you can also toggle the layers to overlay the 2016 and 2020 boundaries.
Finally, you can download the Queensland ward boundaries file here. It now includes the final boundaries from 13 of the 17 councils undergoing redistributions, with the latest inclusion coming from Ipswich, where the existing ten wards have been replaced by four two-member wards.