- Held by: No one as it is a re-constituted seat – although the Liberal’s Dee Ryall is the MP for the now defunct seat of Mitcham
- Since: see above, although Dee Ryall has held Mitcham since 2010
- Swing at 2010 election: n/a
- Redistribution details: Ringwood replaces the abolished seat of Mitcham. It lost a substantial portion of Blackburn to the seat of Box Hill, while Forest Hill took parts of the suburb of Vermont. The name was changed to Ringwood in recognition of the reclaiming of parts of the suburb from the seats of Warrandyte and Kilsyth. Following the redistribution there is a notional Liberal margin of 6.3%, making it a much safer seat than the old Mitcham which had a margin of 2.8%.
- Size of electorate: 28.4 sqkm
KEY COMMENTS: This is the first time since 1992 that voters have been able to vote in a seat called Ringwood. Although the seat is on the eastern fringe of the city, it has been brought closer by Eastlink, which has fuelled industry but cut the electorate in half. Issues include a significant redevelopment of the Eastland shopping complex and a revamp of the Ringwood railway station, which had been promised by former Premier Ted Baillieu. Ringwood is a claybelt seat and is expected to remain with the Liberals despite a statewide swing against the Coalition.
Cranes tower over rubble where shops and carparks have made way for a $575 million shopping complex redevelopment in east suburban Ringwood.
“The new is coming,” is the message in white-on-black on fencing around the 1800 square metre site that will increase the Eastland shopping centre by 50 per cent.
But that’s just part of the story in a once quiet suburb 25 km or so east of Melbourne where work is under way across the Maroondah Highway on a $66 million railway station redevelopment.
In a sense, the old is coming too as locals prepare for the November state election.
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