ELECTION: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock will defend his seat at the next state election.
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CONTENDER: Kendall Jackson is keen to contest the seat of Frome as a Liberal Party candidate.

A less radical revamp for the electorate of Frome is now proposed as two contenders viefor future votes – and a third is undecided.

The seat has been revised under a draft plan to include some Liberal-voting areas and exclude other Liberal-voting areas, maintaining the status quo, according to one observer.

UNDECIDED: Former Mayor Brenton Vanstone is yet to decide whether he wants to be a politician.

The nett result, says likely Liberal candidate Kendall Jackson, is that the voting complexion of the electorate will remain similar to that under previous boundaries.

Laura, Gladstone and Port Broughton are removed from the draft electorate by the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission.

But Hamley Bridge, Owen and Grace Plains to the south would be included.

The draft boundaries, unveiled on Monday, come after earlier proposals to delete Port Pirie from Frome and include that city in a northern electorate.

This could have had the result of Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock sticking by his key city district to challenge Stuart Liberal MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan in a battle of the heavyweights.

Mr Brock said he had not digested the latest proposal, but vowed to work for Port Pirie and the people of Frome as a candidate at the 2018 state election.

He said Port Broughton, Bute, Snowtown, Alford and Lochiel would go to a proposed new Goyder electorate, under the draft proposals, while Laura and Gladstone would go to revised Stuart.

“I am going to run in the 2018 election, again as an independent,” he said.

Asked his opinions on challenger Mrs Jackson and a possible candidacy by former Port Pirie Mayor Brenton Vanstone, he said: “I am not going to comment on anyone considering running. It is a democratic system … it is up to them.”

Mrs Jackson said she was keen to run again for the seat for the Liberals.

She doubted the draft changes would make much difference, saying Liberal areas were being lost while other Liberal areas were coming in.

“I think it is sitting notionally Liberal,” she said.

Mr Vanstone, a Wandearah farmer, indicated he was considering his options and said he was concerned about the direction of South Australia.

“We boasted the second biggest state economy in the 1960s and now we boast the worst unemployment rate of any state,” he said.

“I have a love for our manufacturers and innovators and for our expaning rural sector – but I have to determine whether I, as a politician, could make any difference to a State that clearly is in trouble.”

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