Euroa

  • Held by: Bill Sykes – Nationals (Benalla), Cindy McLeish – Liberal (Seymour), Paul Weller – Nationals (Rodney)
  • Since: 2002 (Benalla), 2010 (Seymour), 2006 for (Rodney)
  • Redistribution details: A new seat that combines the previous electorates of Benalla, Seymour, Rodney and a small part of Shepparton. Other parts of Benalla and Seymour now form part of the new seat of Eildon.
  • Size of electorate: 11,635 sq. km

KEY COMMENTS: This big new electorate encompasses many communities that don’t necessarily cohere. The boundary redraw was controversial, and with the Liberal Party deciding to contest the seat there is now a strong three-way battle, with the possibility of popular independents yet to nominate.

Anything could happen in Euroa mash

A diversity of people and landscapes have been mashed together to form the new electorate of Euroa. Tree-changers, commuters, farmers, viticulturists and country people are all part of  a notionally conservative area, but in fact the different parts of the electorate have little in common.

Towns on Melbourne’s urban fringe are combined with more distant rural townships such as Violet Town and Benalla.

The seat has been formed out of the abolished National Party held seats of Benalla and Rodney, and the Liberal seat of Seymour. Euroa is considered by many to be a safe National seat with a notional 13.6 per cent margin, but in fact it may not be that simple…

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Candidate profiles

STEPHANIE RYAN
THE NATIONALS

Steph Ryan is the first to say she’s not a typical National Party candidate. She reads The Monthly, she listens to Aussie electronic music duo The Presets and she’s not a farmer – although her parents were dairy farmers in the small town of Murchison.
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CLARE MALCOLM
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Ms Clare Malcolm attributes her initial interest in politics to former Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett. Perhaps an unlikely beginning for a future Labor candidate, Ms Malcolm finds it a funny yet true beginning to her story.
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TONY SCHNEIDER
LIBERAL

As little as six months ago, Tony Schneider did not imagine he would ever be a political candidate. A member of the Liberal Party for the past twelve years, Mr Schneider has always supported the party’s candidates in previous elections…
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SIMON ROBERTS
AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Simon Roberts has no chance of winning the seat of Euroa. Pointing this out does not offend him. In fact when asked about his chances of winning, he laughed. ‘(I have) no chance whatsoever,’ he said. He is running primarily to…
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LISA ADAMS
AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY ALLIANCE

Lisa Adams is a difficult person to catch up with. Multiple phone calls and voice mails have been made by UniPollWatch seeking an interview with Ms Adams. They were ultimately unsuccessful…
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JULIE-ANNE WINZER
FAMILY FIRST

Julie-Anne Winzer is something of a mystery. Like all Family First candidates, Ms Winzer is not speaking to the media. All media enquiries are directed through Mr Shane Clark…
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Euroa news

Rivalry for new Euroa seat heats up

By Ronelle Richards. The rivalry between Labor and Nationals candidates for the seat of Euroa escalated on a radio interview on Friday morning. The interview on local radio ABC Goulburn Murray featured the National’s candidate Ms Stephanie Ryan, the Labor candidate Ms Clare Malcolm and Liberal candidate Mr Tony Schneider.

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New ‘Voices’ in Euroa seat

By Ronelle Richards. A former Victorian Environmental Sustainability Commissioner who quit last March in protest at the Napthine government’s policies has started a new political group in the seat of Euroa.

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