Electoral district of Bellarine
Location of Bellarine (dark green) in Victoria
|Dates current||1967–1976, 1985–present|
|Party||Australian Labor Party|
|Area||367 km2 (141.7 sq mi)|
The Electoral district of Bellarine is an electoral district of 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.
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.
Lisa Neville is the current member. She holds the seat with a margin of 1.37%.
Members for Bellarine
|First incarnation (1967-1976)|
|Second incarnation (1985–present)|
|Sex Party||Rhiannon Hunter||631||1.6||+1.6|
|Family First||Robert Keenan||572||1.5||−0.5|
|Shooters and Fishers||Joshua Williams||490||1.3||+1.3|
|Country Alliance||John Irvine||436||1.1||−0.3|
|Rise Up Australia||Christopher Dawson||178||0.5||+0.5|
|Total formal votes||38,611||95.2||−0.0|
|Labor gain from Liberal||Swing||+7.3|
- "Bellarine District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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