Forest Hill

  • Held by: Neil Angus – Liberal Party
  • Since: 2010
  • Swing at 2010 election: 3.9 per cent to Liberal
  • Redistribution details: Extended to include the areas of Vermont and Forest Hill north of Canterbury and Boronia Roads and east of Springvale Road
  • Size of electorate: 25.5 sq. km

KEY COMMENTS: An established, low-medium density suburban area with a significant and growing immigrant population. The major issues are transport, education and, locally, the fate of the Healesville Freeway Reserve.

The daily commute a key issue in the home of Neighbours

Camouflaged among the winding, tree-lined streets of this otherwise unremarkable part of the city lies one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions.

Every day, while local residents head out to stock up on undies at Big W or attempt one of several generally unsatisfactory routes to the city for work, busloads of mostly British tourists leave the CBD and head 24 km east to a nondescript cul-de-sac in Vermont South.

Pin Oak Court, recognisable to many as Ramsay Street in the television series Neighbours, is arguably the stereotype for suburban Melbourne.

This street is typical of the Forest Hill electorate, which spans the suburbs of Forest Hill, East Burwood, Blackburn South, Vermont, Vermont South, and the northeast part of Glen Waverley…

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Candidate profiles

NEIL ANGUS MP
LIBERAL

Mr Neil Angus has spent most of his life in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Before entering parliament, the 53-year-old father of four was an accountant for 25 years. He is the only Forest Hill candidate who lives in the electorate.
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PAULINE RICHARDS
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Jobs, education, health, and the Healesville Freeway Reserve. ALP candidate Ms Pauline Richards wants the voters of Forest Hill to think about these four things when they choose their local member in November.
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BREWIS ATKINSON
AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Mr Brewis Atkinson says retiring from the defence force two years ago was the best thing he has ever done. The army seems an unusual place to mould a future Greens candidate, but Mr Atkinson defies stereotypes.
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LYNNE MADDISON
AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS

The Labor and Liberal candidates for Forest Hill both profess to be Christians, but the Australian Christians party is not treating them well with preferences. Liberal MP Mr Neil Angus gets their third preference, and…
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KANE ROGERS
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY

Mr Kane Rogers doesn’t want to change people’s attitudes towards animals. He doesn’t think he needs to. The Forest Hill candidate for the Animal Justice Party just wants people to have the right information.
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MELISSA TROTTER
AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY ALLIANCE

The Australian Country Alliance website lists the names and biographies of 28 lower house and seven upper house candidates. The Australian Country Alliance Forest Hill candidate Ms Melissa Trotter is not on that list.
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WENDY ROSS
FAMILY FIRST

UniPollWatch contacted Family First seeking to get in touch with its Forest Hill candidate Ms Wendy Ross. Spokesman Shane Clark told UniPollWatch that all media enquiries are handled via its head office.
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