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Wendouree Buninyong


Seat of Buninyong

(Ballarat)
Fairly Safe. Labor 6.4%

Profile:

Buninyong, largely replacing the electorate of Ballarat East, is an electorate that covers the south and south eastern suburbs of Ballarat, as well as the rural areas to the south and east of the city. It includes the suburbs of Eureka, Canadian, Sebastopol, Mount Clear, Buninyong and Golden Point. It also includes the rural towns between Linton, Corindhap, Lethbridge, Ballan and Bungaree.

Like its predecessor, owing to the more rural nature of the electorate, Buninyong is the more marginal of the two Ballarat based seats, with the Liberals gaining it from Labor on an occasional basis.

Incumbent MP:

Geoff Howard (Labor) - since 2014. Pictured right. He is not standing for reelection in 2018.

Electorate Boundaries and 2014 Polling Places:

The numbers on the map below represent the two party preferred result (percentage) for each polling place.

Candidates: 

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  Michaela Settle ALP
  Linda Zibell GRN
  Andrew Kilmartin LIB
  Lindsay Watters  
  Jane McKendrick SOC
  Dianne Colbert Ind
  Wendy Morrison AJP
  Brendan Eckel Ind

Michaela SettleMichaela Settle
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Political Party: Labor

Michaela Settle is a community health communications officer in Ballarat. She has also previously worked as an electorate officer for the outgoing MP for Woundouree Sharon Knight and was campaign manager for the Labor candidate for Corangamite, Libby Coker, at the 2016 Federal Election.


Linda ZibellLinda Zibell
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Political Party: Greens.

 


Andrew KilmartinAndrew Kilmartin
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Political Party: Liberal

Andrew Kilmartin is a former radio journalist. He grew up in Haddon just outside of Ballarat and attended Ballarat and Clarendon College.  In recent years he has worked as a staffer for Ripon MP Louise Staley.


Lindsay WattersLindsay Watters
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Political Party: Independent (Save The Planet)

Lindsay Watters is an endorsed candidate for the unregistered Save the Planet Party. works in learning and development for a number of universities and has a background in Financial Planning. He lives in Gordon on a small acreagre property with his family and is passionate about action on the climate emergency.


Jane McKendrickJane McKendrick
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Political Party: Victorian Socialists.

 


Dianne ColbertDianne Colbert
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Political Party: Independent

Dianne Colbert is the co-chair of the Family Values Alliance Ballarat.


Wendy MorrisonWendy Morrison
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Political Party: Animal Justice Party.

Wendy Morrison returned to Ballarat in 2017 after travelling and living in various parts of Australia. The majority of her work life has been spent in offices within a variety of different industries, and for the previous two years she has been working as a legal assistant.


Brendan EckelBrendan Eckel
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Political Party: Independent

Brendan Eckel is Psychiatric Nurse currently working in the Drug and Alcohol Sector at Ballarat Community Health and has worked as a first responder and in psychiatric triage most of his career but also has extensive experience in all areas of public, private and forensic psychiatry both in Victoria and in the UK. He has held many senior management positions in the health sector, including Home Manager of the largest nursing home in Bucks, UK. he has an interest in agribusiness and holds leadership roles in Health, Business, Sport, Academic and Social Clubs. He was born and educated in Ballarat, attended RMIT, University of Tasmania and University of Ballarat. He is married with a young son and previously contested the Polwarth state by-election in 2015 and stood for the federal seat of Ballarat in 2016.

Prediction:

Labor retain.

Buninyong is pretty safe for Labor for a seat that has large rural areas within it. It, however, would only be at risk of falling to the Liberal Party if they were on track for a landslide victory across the state.

2014 Results:

BUNINYONG
2014 Primary Vote by Polling Place

 

Sonia Smith (NAT)

Ben Taylor (LIB)
 

Keith Geyer (FFP)

James Keays (ACA) Tony Goodfellow (GRN) Geoff Howard
(ALP)
Baccus Marsh 7.8% 37.7% 3.8% 1.8% 8.9% 40.0%
Ballan 11.0% 33.1% 2.2% 1.6% 11.1% 41.0%
Bungaree 5.1% 62.3% 2.1% 3.4% 4.1% 22.9%
Buninyong 5.8% 38.1% 1.3% 1.0% 14.4% 39.4%
Caledonian 4.3% 39.8% 2.1% 1.7% 13.7% 38.4%
Canadian 3.8% 29.1% 3.0% 1.2% 10.3% 52.6%
Cape Clear 12.1% 27.3% 6.7% 2.4% 4.8% 46.7%
Clarkes Hill 4.3% 70.7% 0.9% 0.0% 6.9% 17.2%
Dereel 5.6% 35.4% 2.6% 2.6% 12.9% 40.7%
Elaine 9.7% 36.8% 2.4% 2.1% 9.7% 39.7%
Gordon 13.7% 33.3% 1.8% 2.0% 8.3% 41.0%
Haddon 6.9% 34.7% 2.9% 2.1% 9.5% 43.9%
Lethbridge 6.8% 36.9% 3.3% 3.8% 6.6% 42.5%
Linton 7.9% 29.1% 2.6% 2.0% 8.9% 49.3%
Magpie 3.8% 38.8% 2.7% 1.3% 9.3% 44.1%
Merideth 5.3% 36.7% 2.2% 2.9% 13.1% 39.8%
Mount Clear 3.4% 36.9% 1.3% 1.0% 11.6% 45.9%
Mount Egarton 9.0% 24.8% 1.8% 2.5% 13.3% 48.6%
Mount Pleasant 3.9% 27.2% 2.5% 1.0% 19.0% 46.4%
Mount Wallace 9.0% 50.0% 2.8% 1.4% 6.3% 30.6%
Myrniong 8.2% 35.8% 1.5% 3.0% 7.2% 44.3%
Napoleons 5.1% 34.8% 3.4% 2.3% 9.9% 44.5%
Redan 4.2% 28.2% 3.4% 1.6% 9.1% 53.5%
Ross Creek 9.0% 36.1% 1.8% 1.4% 9.1% 42.7%
Scarsdale 13.8% 31.6% 2.1% 1.8% 8.2% 42.6%
Sebastopol 5.7% 27.9% 4.3% 2.2% 10.0% 50.0%
Smythesdale 7.1% 28.7% 3.2% 1.8% 11.8% 47.4%
Springbank 5.4% 56.5% 1.1% 0.5% 3.8% 32.8%
The Stockade 3.0% 31.1% 2.0% 1.0% 19.5% 43.4%
Warrenheip 8.2% 45.9% 1.9% 0.6% 9.8% 33.8%
Absent Votes 5.5% 29.0% 4.3% 2.3% 15.3% 43.6%
Early Votes 6.0% 37.4% 2.0% 1.4% 9.6% 43.6%
Postal Votes 7.2% 34.5% 2.9% 2.2% 8.7% 41.6%
Provisional Votes 8.5% 26.9% 5.9% 4.8% 12.0% 41.9%
TOTALS 6.3% 35.0% 2.6% 1.7% 10.9% 43.5%

 

Data provided by the VEC.

 

2014 Two Party Preferred Vote by Polling Place
  Geoff Howard (ALP) Ben Taylor (LIB)
Baccus Marsh 52.5% 47.5%
Ballan 55.1% 44.9%
Bungaree 30.1% 69.9%
Buninyong 54.5% 45.5%
Caledonian 51.5% 48.5%
Canadian 64.6% 35.4%
Cape Clear 58.2% 41.8%
Clarkes Hill 25.4% 74.6%
Dereel 55.0% 45.0%
Elaine 51.0% 49.0%
Gordon 53.3% 46.7%
Haddon 56.6% 43.4%
Lethbridge 52.5% 47.5%
Linton 59.9% 40.1%
Magpie 55.8% 44.2%
Merideth 53.1% 46.9%
Mount Clear 57.4% 42.6%
Mount Egarton 65.1% 34.9%
Mount Pleasant 64.6% 35.4%
Mount Wallace 38.9% 61.1%
Myrniong 54.2% 45.8%
Napoleons 57.8% 42.2%
Redan 64.5% 35.5%
Ross Creek 52.5% 47.5%
Scarsdale 54.2% 45.8%
Sebastopol 63.0% 37.0%
Smythesdale 60.8% 39.2%
Springbank 39.2% 60.8%
The Stockade 63.4% 36.6%
Warrenheip 43.5% 56.5%
Absent Votes 59.9% 40.1%
Early Votes 55.0% 45.0%
Postal Votes 52.9% 47.1%
Provisional Votes 60.8% 39.2%
TOTALS 56.4% 43.6%
 
Data provided by the VEC.

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