The November 24 Victorian State election is fast approaching. Do you live in the Burwood electorate? To find out, you can find out on the Victorian Electoral Commission’s website here. Here is what to know about your electorate.
The Burwood electorate is in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, 13km away from Melbourne CBD.
SIZE OF ELECTORATE
25 square kilometres.
The northern boundary runs along Canterbury Road through Box Hill. The boundary runs south along Middleborough Road separating Burwood and Burwood East, then west along Highbury Road and then continuing south along Huntingdale Road through Mount Waverley down to the Monash Freeway. The boundary runs just inside the Monash Freeway before meeting the Railway line past Glen Eris.
The Burwood electorate borders the electorates of Box Hill, Forest Hill, Mount Waverley, Oakleigh, Malvern, and Hawthorn.
SUBURBS IN THE ELECTORATE
Box Hill South
Parts of Camberwell
Parts of Chadstone
Parts of Glen Iris
Parts of Surrey Hills.
Graeme Watt MP – Elected at the 2010 Victorian State Election.
UPPER HOUSE REGION
Southern Metropolitan Region.
The electorate of Burwood has three councils within. Boroondara City Council, Whitehorse City Council, and Monash City Council.
HISTORY OF THE SEAT
The electorate has mainly been held by the Liberal Party since it was established in 1955. The seat was abolished in 1967, but was re-established in 1976, won by the Liberal Party again until 1999. The Labor Party held onto the seat for 11 years, before the Liberal Party won it back at the 2010 State election. The Liberal Party currently holds the seat
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE 2014 STATE ELECTION?
Graham Watt won the seat 53.17% over Labor’s Gavin Ryan 46.83% on a two-party preferred basis. Two other candidates (Beck Stuart – Greens and Peter Campbell – Independent) contested the seat. Total enrolment in Burwood was 41,878.
Graeme Watt MP will defend his seat against the Labor Candidate Will Fowles. No other candidate has put forward a nomination for the seat at this stage.