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Brisbane City – final boundaries

October 22, 2019 - 11:00 -- Admin

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

Bracken Ridge
LNP
10.6%
10.6%
0.0%

Calamvale
LNP
14.7%
14.2%
-0.6%

Central
LNP
8.2%
8.1%
-0.1%

Chandler
LNP
24.6%
22.3%
-2.3%

Coorparoo
LNP
3.0%
3.8%
0.9%

Deagon
ALP
3.7%
2.9%
-0.9%

Doboy
ALP
-4.3%
0.3%
4.6%

Enoggera
LNP
4.8%
5.6%
0.9%

Forest Lake
ALP
5.3%
5.4%
0.1%

Hamilton
LNP
17.6%
19.7%
2.1%

Holland Park
LNP
4.8%
4.1%
-0.7%

Jamboree
LNP
19.1%
17.4%
-1.7%

Macgregor
LNP
13.7%
14.9%
1.2%

Marchant
LNP
8.3%
7.6%
-0.7%

McDowall
LNP
15.2%
15.2%
0.0%

Moorooka
ALP
13.7%
14.8%
1.1%

Morningside
ALP
6.6%
5.7%
-0.9%

Northgate
LNP
1.7%
1.7%
0.0%

Paddington
LNP vs GRN
5.8%
5.7%
-0.1%

Pullenvale
LNP vs GRN
18.1%
18.0%
-0.1%

Runcorn
LNP
8.0%
8.7%
0.7%

Tennyson
IND vs ALP
26.3%
25.0%
-1.2%

The Gabba
GRN vs LNP
5.0%
6.8%
1.8%

The Gap
LNP
5.7%
4.5%
-1.2%

Walter Taylor
LNP vs GRN
16.5%
15.9%
-0.6%

Wynnum-Manly
ALP
11.6%
11.6%
0.0%

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.