A new seat will be created in Perth’s quick-growing south-east under proposed new boundaries ahead of the 2025 State election. But regional WA would be stripped of another electorate should the new seat of Oakford and other boundary revisions be approved. The new seat would take in Anketell, Aubin Grove, Casuarina, Forrestdale, Haynes, Hilbert, Oakford, Piara Waters, Wandi and part of Banjup, neighbouring the existing seat of Kwinana currently held by Premier Roger Cook. Analysis of the new boundaries by psephologist William Bowe showed Oakford was notionally Labor, with a margin of 27 per cent on 2021 election numbers. The proposed boundaries were determined by independent electoral distribution commissioners, led by chairman Eric Heenan, who said the proposed changes “reflect trends in population growth” across WA. “Changes are proposed to 53 of the 59 electorates in WA. The proposed changes were developed after carefully considering the population, demographic patterns, and public feedback,” Mr Heenan said. “The boundaries of six other districts have changed sufficiently that new names are proposed, including ‘Walyunga’ to replace Swan Hills and ‘Secret Harbour’ to replace Warnbro.” The change would make Police Minister and current Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia the member for Secret Harbour. Mr Heenan said creating the new metropolitan seat and amalgamating Moore and North West Central to a new “Mid West” district were among the most significant changes. North West Central, the sprawling seat covering Onslow to Kalbarri across to the border, is currently held by Nationals MP Merome Beard. The proposed redraw would merge the coastal parts of North West Central with the Moore seat, held by Nationals leader Shane Love, creating a preselection fight for the new Mid West seat between the two. Mr Love said he didn’t want it to come down to a contest between him and Ms Beard in Moore and North West Central and urged all voters — not just voters in those seats — to lodge objections and get the proposal overturned. He said he was “very disappointed”, given the Nationals had demonstrated in their submission that it was mathematically possible to retain the two seats and stay within allowances. “What they are doing is very detrimental to that area that I represent,” Mr Love said. “The issues of people in the bush have are not ‘one’. “When you’re putting Meekatharra in with Muchea, I don’t see how they will have anything in common. “Over time, it’s just going to become more and more centralised and become Perth-centric. “It’s difficult to see how this promotes democracy.” Objections to the proposed boundaries can be made by August 21, with the final boundary changes to be confirmed before December.