Electoral district of Ballina

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1894–1904
MP Tamara Smith
Party Greens
Namesake Ballina, New South Wales
Area 1,059.16 km2 (408.9 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

Ballina is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales.


Ballina was originally created in 1894, when the three-member electorate of Richmond was divided into Richmond, Lismore and Ballina. In 1904, Ballina was replaced by Byron. In 1988, a recreated Ballina and Murwillumbah replaced Byron.

The 2004 redistribution of electoral districts estimated that the electoral district would have 47,246 electors on 29 April 2007. At the 2007 election it encompassed all of Ballina Shire (including Ballina, Alstonville, Lennox Head and Wollongbar) and most of the populated areas of Byron Shire (including Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, Suffolk Park, Brunswick Heads, South Golden Beach and Bangalow).

The 2013 NSW state electoral redistribution once again changed the boundaries of the electorate, so at the next election it would comprise the entire shires of Ballina, and Byron.

The Greens won the seat of Ballina at the 2015 state election, bringing their lower house representation to three seats. It became the first rural seat in any Australian parliament to be won by the Greens.

Members for Ballina[edit]

First incarnation (1894–1904)
Member Party Term
  John Perry Protectionist 1894–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
Second incarnation (1988–present)
Member Party Term
  Don Page The Nationals 1988–2015
  Tamara Smith Greens 2015–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Ballina[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Kris Beavis 17,392 36.6 −19.6
Greens Tamara Smith 12,824 27.0 +4.5
Labor Paul Spooner 11,738 24.7 +12.8
Independent Jeff Johnson 3,708 7.8 +7.8
Independent Matthew Hartley 826 1.7 +1.7
Christian Democrats Vyvyan Stott 679 1.4 −0.5
No Land Tax Greg Zylber 291 0.6 +0.6
Total formal votes 47,458 97.7 +0.0
Informal votes 1,141 2.3 −0.0
Turnout 48,599 88.4 +2.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Paul Spooner 21,484 53.0 +27.7
National Kris Beavis 19,031 47.0 −27.7
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Tamara Smith 21,528 53.1 +20.1
National Kris Beavis 18,996 46.9 −20.1
Greens gain from National Swing +20.1


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