The electorate of Ripon is situated within the rural area north west of Ballarat. It includes the towns of Bealiba, Beaufort, Bridgewater on Loddon, Buangor, Cardigan, Carisbrook, Charlton, Clunes, Dunolly, Eddington, Elmhurst, Glenorchy, Great Western, Inglewood, Landsborough, Lexton, Lucas, Marnoo, Miners Rest, Moonambel, Newbridge, Snake Valley, Stuart Mill, Talbot, Tarnagulla and Wedderburn. It also includes the main population centres of Creswick, Ararat, Maryborough, Donald, Bridgewater, St Arnaud and Stawell.
Ripon is generally a marginal but conservative seat usually held by the Liberal Party, though Labor are occasionally able to gain and hold it for extended periods. Labor held the seat from 1999 to 2014, when it was regained by the Liberal Party (the only Liberal gain at the 2014 State Election) after the prior redistribution turned it into a notional Liberal seat. Before 1999, the seat was held by the Liberal Party uninterrupted for more than 20 years.
The area constituting this electorate is known for agriculture, wine making, timber industries, manufacturing, wool production, paper milling, knitting mills and tourism
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