- Held by: Australian Labor Party. Current member, Justin Madden, is not re-contesting
- Since: 1996
- Swing at 2010 election: 9.3% against Labor
- Redistribution details: Areas of Flemington and Travancore gained from Melbourne, part of the Aberfeldie area lost to Niddrie. Labor margin rises from 2.4% (2010) to 4.3% (2013).
- Size of electorate: 23 sq. km
KEY COMMENTS: Essendon District is a metropolitan electorate approximately four kilometres north-west of Melbourne. The district includes residential areas, the Moonee Valley Racecourse and Essendon Airport.
The retirement of the long-serving Justin Madden may not affect voting behaviour in the notionally safe Labor seat. However, the seat has been held by the Liberal Party at various times during its history so this is likely to be a tough contest.
Uncertainty surrounding the Moonee Valley re-development is concerning voters, with the re-zone opposed by some local residents and the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Planning Minister Mathew Guy’s proposal includes room for 2000 new dwellings, a new grandstand for the racecourse and a 5000 sq m park on McPherson Street.
Combatting the increasing rate of homelessness is also on the agenda, following a 10% rise since 2006. And the East-West Link saga will be at the forefront of Essendon voters’ minds, with the Ormond Road off ramp sparking concerns of increased congestion in the surrounding suburbs.
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