- Held by: Fiona Richardson, Australian Labor Party, since 2006
- Since: ALP since 1996.
- Swing at 2010 election: 2.1% to Labor
- Redistribution details: The boundary between Northcote and Preston has been re-aligned to run along Bell Street in Preston. The Labor margin versus the Greens slips from 10.6% to 10.3%. The Labor two-party preferred margin versus the Liberal Party is a hefty 25.5%.
- Size of electorate: 21 sq. km
KEY COMMENTS: The electorate is home to the Epping and Hurstbridge train lines and the abolition of several level crossings, introduction of new services and improved frequency have all been proposed.
Northcote is also home to many government schools that are low on funding or at student capacity. Labor has pledged to upgrade outdated and underfunded Northcote High School and build a new primary school as part of the Amcor development.
Northcote’s congestion solution will sway voters
Lying between the Merri and Darebin creeks, Northcote is a multiculturally diverse, predominantly residential area in Melbourne’s inner north, situated just five kilometres from the CBD.
Encompassing the suburbs of Alphington, Fairfield, Northcote, Thornbury and part of Preston, the electorate is transport-centric but also home to green expanses – namely the John Cain Memorial Park and Yarra Bend Parks.
Northcote’s transport systems are very congested and there is growing concern that the proposed East West Link will only funnel more cars on to the electorate’s roads, exacerbating the problem. Main arterials Bell Street and St Georges Road experience heavy traffic and overcrowding is common on the public transport system.