Electoral district of Bellarine

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Bellarine
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Bellarine District 2014.png
Location of Bellarine (dark green) in Victoria
StateVictoria
Dates current1967–1976, 1985–present
MPLisa Neville
PartyLabor Party
Electors49,417 (2018)
Area367 km2 (141.7 sq mi)
DemographicUrbanised Rural

The electoral district of Bellarine is one of the electoral districts of Victoria, Australia, for the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 367 square kilometres (142 sq mi) stretching from the Bellarine Peninsula to the outer eastern suburbs of Geelong. It includes the towns of Barwon Heads, Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Indented Head, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Portarlington and Queenscliff and the Geelong suburbs of Leopold and Moolap. It lies within the Western Victoria Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]

The seat was first created in a redistribution prior to the 1967 election but was abolished and replaced by Geelong East and South Barwon in 1976. It was revived prior to the 1985 election after Geelong East was itself abolished and population increases in South Barwon moved that electorate westwards.

It has traditionally been a marginal seat. Graham Ernst of the Labor Party won the seat in the 1985 and 1988 elections but was defeated at the 1992 election by the Liberal Party's Garry Spry who held the seat until his retirement in 2002. At the election in November of that year it was one of many seats to fall to the Labor Party, with Lisa Neville winning the seat on a swing of over nine percent. Neville still holds the seat today.

Members for Bellarine[edit]

First incarnation (1967-1976)
Member Party Term
  Aurel Smith     Liberal 1967–1976    
Second incarnation (1985–present)
  Graham Ernst Labor 1985–1992
  Garry Spry Liberal 1992–2002
  Lisa Neville Labor 2002–present

Election results[edit]

2018 Victorian state election: Bellarine[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Lisa Neville 21,948 49.87 +6.31
Liberal Brian McKiterick 15,619 35.49 −5.12
Greens Rachel Semmens 3,957 8.99 −0.43
Animal Justice Naomi Adams 1,968 4.47 +4.47
Victorian Socialists Jackie Kriz 521 1.18 +1.18
Total formal votes 44,013 96.06 +0.90
Informal votes 1,804 3.94 −0.90
Turnout 45,817 92.72 −2.66
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Lisa Neville 27,049 61.45 +6.61
Liberal Brian McKiterick 16,966 38.55 −6.61
Labor hold Swing +6.61

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bellarine District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ State Election 2018: Bellarine, VEC.

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