Western Victoria, like the seven other regions in the Legislative Council (or Upper House) holds five seats in Victorian Parliament. This means there are five representatives for each Victorian region. Also known as the House of Review, the Legislative Council in the 59th Parliament comprises 18 members of the Labor Party, 11 Coalition (Liberal/Nationals) members, and 11 crossbenchers (made up of minor parties and an independent).
Western Victoria is an electorate spanning more than 79,438kms. It comprises rural and semi-metropolitan areas, featuring many landmarks including but certainly not limited to the Great Ocean Road, Victoria’s second-largest and constantly growing city Geelong and the Gold Rush town of Ballarat. Other major townships within the region include Colac, Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Ararat, Stawell, Horsham and Maryborough.
Western Victoria comprises 11 Lower House seats and 24 whole or parts of LGA’s (or councils). It is also home to over 510,000 Victorians. The main drivers of the economy in Western Victoria are wine, wool, dairy and grain production, as well as tourism. Geelong, with recognition of being Victoria’s ‘second city’ has also brought a regional physical establishment from Government agencies such as NDIA, WorkSafe and TAC.
Stuart is extremely proud to represent Western Victoria region in Victorian Parliament.