Electoral district of Bellarine

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Bellarine District 2014.png
Location of Bellarine (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Dates current 1967–1976, 1985–present
MP Lisa Neville
Party Labor Party
Electors 42,541 (2014)
Area 367 km2 (141.7 sq mi)
Demographic Urbanised Rural

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.[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.

Lisa Neville is the current member. She holds the seat with a margin of 1.37%.

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]

Victorian state election, 2014: Bellarine
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Lisa Neville 16,818 43.6 +6.1
Liberal Ron Nelson 15,678 40.6 −6.0
Greens Brenton Peake 3,639 9.4 +0.6
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
Independent Gus Kacinskas 169 0.4 +0.4
Total formal votes 38,611 95.2 −0.0
Informal votes 1,964 4.8 +0.0
Turnout 40,575 95.4 +5.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Lisa Neville 21,174 54.8 +7.3
Liberal Ron Nelson 17,437 45.2 −7.3
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +7.3


  1. ^ "Bellarine District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 

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