Bob Baldwin to contest seat of Paterson

FEDERAL Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin has ended weeks of speculation confirming he has nominated for Liberal preselection for the Federal seat of Paterson to contest the next election.

On Friday (February 19) Mr Baldwin tweeted the news and issued a brief two-line media statement.

His two line media statement concluded with: "He said he looks forward to the challenge ahead".  

In January there were rumours he may defect from the Liberal Party to contest Lyne as an independent in the wake of the recent federal electorate redistribution.

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The Australian Electoral Council (AEC) recently announced that Lyne’s boundaries would shift significantly with the “consequential decrease in the proposed Division of Paterson”, which currently encompasses up to the Great Lakes. It also acknowledged the inclusion of the major mid north coast centres of Port Macquarie (formerly of Lyne) and Coffs Harbour into the same electoral division of Cowper.

Residents from the Great Lakes as far as Karuah, parts of Maitland, over to and past Dungog, Wauchope and parts of south Kempsey will all find themselves within the melting pot of the federal seat of Lyne.