Bellarine

  • Held by: Lisa Neville (ALP)
  • Since: 2002
  • Swing at 2010 election: -6.6%
  • Redistribution details: Bellarine has switched from a Labor seat to a notional Liberal seat, after picking up Barwon Heads and part of Connewarre and losing Newcomb, Whittington and part of St Albans Park.
  • Size of electorate: 367 sq kms

KEY COMMENTS: The seat covers the area that juts out into Port Phillip Bay on the western side of the entrance to the Heads. It covers all that area of coast inland to Geelong and, after the redistribution, takes in the sea-changers in the affluent areas around Barwon Heads. Labor frontbencher Lisa Neville will have to fight to retain the seat after the redistribution, as it has now flipped to become a notional Liberal seat.

Electorate profile

Bellarine has undergone a sea change and is an important electorate to watch during the 2014 election. The mostly coastal seat has been held by Labor’s Lisa Neville since the 2002 election but after the recent redistribution it has flipped to become notionally Liberal. There’s now a 2.5% pro-Liberal margin for Labor to overcome in November.

Although best known for its tourism, the area is just as reliant on agriculture. It has just fewer than 60,000 constituents and stretches from the eastern suburbs of Geelong to encompass the towns of Queenscliff, Portarlington and Ocean Grove across an area of 367.5 square kilometres.

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Candidate profiles

LISA NEVILLE MP
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Bellarine has been described as one of the ‘six seats of power’ in the election because, on paper at least, it looks like one the Coalition could take from Labor. Opposition frontbencher Lisa Neville has held the seat since 2002 but she has to work…
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RON NELSON
LIBERAL

A win in the marginal seat of Bellarine is vital to the survival of the Napthine Government. The redistribution favours Liberal candidate Ron Nelson. But he faces experienced competition from incumbent Labor frontbencher and shadow Environment…
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Bellarine news

Bellarine sea-changes to notional Liberal

By Dave Carter. Bellarine has undergone a sea change and is an important electorate to watch during the 2014 election. The mostly coastal seat has been held by Labor’s Lisa Neville since the 2002 election but after the recent redistribution it has flipped to become notionally Liberal. There’s now a 2.5% pro-Liberal margin for Labor to overcome in November. Although best known for its tourism, the area is just as reliant on agriculture. It has just fewer than 60,000 constituents and stretches from the eastern suburbs of Geelong to encompass the towns of Queenscliff, Portarlington and Ocean Grove across an area of 367.5 square kilometres. Read our electorate profile... read more