National Party of Australia – Victoria
The National Party of Australia – Victoria is a political party in Victoria, which forms the state branch of the federal Nationals. Traditionally representing graziers and rural voters generally; the Victorian Farmer's Union formed in 1914 was the precursor to the Victorian Country Party the Nationals. The party referred to as "The Nationals," is presently the junior partner in a centre-right Coalition with the Liberal Party, forming a joint Opposition bench. During periods of conservative government, the leader serves as Deputy Premier of Victoria; the candidates sponsored by the Victorian Farmers' Union used the same name but in parliament called themselves the Country Party. In 1927 the VFU was renamed as the Victorian Country Party. A separate party, the Country Progressive Party, had been formed in April 1926 but merged with the Victorian Country Party in September 1930, with the combined party now named the United Country Party. "United" was dropped from the name in March 1947. On 24 July 1975 the party changed its name to the National Party, following the Queensland branch who had made the change the previous year.
From 1999 to 2003, it was popularly known as the VicNats. In 2003, in tandem with the national party, it adopted the short name The Nationals; the party has had a strained relationship with the Liberals for most of the time since the end of World War II. While its federal counterpart has been in Coalition with the Liberals and their predecessors for all but a few years since 1923, the Victorian branch fought elections separately from the Liberals from 1952 to 1989; the presence of Victorian John McEwen as federal Country Party leader and the number-two man in the government from 1958 to 1971 didn't heal the breach. Pat McNamara became leader of the Victorian Nationals in 1988, two years reached a new Coalition agreement with the Liberals; the Liberals and Nationals fought the 1992, 1996 and 1999 elections as a Coalition under Jeff Kennett. The Liberals won majorities in their own right in 1992 and 1996. Although Kennett thus had no need for the support of the Nationals, he retained the Coalition, with McNamara as Deputy Premier.
However, after the Kennett government's shock defeat in 1999, McNamara's successor as Nationals leader, Peter Ryan, tore up the Coalition agreement. The Nationals stayed on the crossbench until 2008, when they formed a Coalition with the Liberals under Ted Baillieu; the renewed Coalition narrowly won the 2010 state election, but was ousted after one term in 2014. This is a list of the Leaders of the National Party of Australia in Victoria. Note that until the 1960s some seats were uncontested, which can distort the vote shares. Category:National Party of Australia members of the Parliament of Victoria Official website
Heathcote pronunciation is a town in central Victoria, situated on the Northern Highway 110 kilometres north of Melbourne and 40 kilometres south-east of Bendigo via the McIvor Highway. Heathcote's local government area is the City of Greater Bendigo and it is part of the federal electorate of Bendigo and the state electorate of Euroa. At the 2016 census, Heathcote had a population of 2,793; the first European known to have visited the district was Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836. By 1851 about 400 Europeans lived on some 16 pastoral properties in the area. Late in 1852 gold was discovered at McIvor Creek. Within six months some 40,000 miners were camped in the vicinity, it proved to be one of the richest finds during the Australian gold rushes, but the gold was so found that it was soon exhausted and by the end of the year a large proportion of the miners had left for other recent finds. This was not before the Victorian government gazetted the township of Heathcote on the site and ordered the construction of several official buildings.
The post office opened on 1 July 1853 as McIvor Creek but six months on 1 January 1854, was renamed Heathcote. With the decline of gold mining the region took on an increased importance as a pastoral district. Heathcote was served by railway from 1889 to 1968; the most famous incident during the gold rush era was the Melbourne Private Escort Robbery on 20 July 1853. This took place close to where one of Australia's worst aviation disasters occurred in 1945. Heathcote is the closest major town to the Heathcote-Graytown National Lake Eppalock; the town hosts an agricultural show on each November. Food & Wine A weekend early in October is dedicated to the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival held at the show grounds; this is a dynamic event that has grown since its inception in 1994. The town is the centre of the recognised Heathcote wine region, notable for its Shiraz wines. In 2010 the Heathcote Winery won a gold medal at the Queensland Wine Show. In 2013, the Sanguine Estate Shiraz 2012 was awarded the category winner, a gold medal and a top 10 position in World’s Greatest Syrah & Shiraz Challenge.
The town has several sporting teams. Australian Rules: The town has an Australian Rules football team playing in the Heathcote District Football League. Heathcote managed to capture back to back premierships in 2009/10. Heathcote continued to thrive over the next two seasons playing off in the Grand Final until a mass exodus of players. Despite the reluctance of many to play alongside such a divisive character, the Saints maintained their century-long streak of at least one win per season. Cricket: The Heathcote Cricket Club competes in the Northern United Cricket Association and celebrated back to back premiership success in seasons 2012/13 & 2013/14, due to local Superstar and the regions playboy Dion Meerman. Whilst the departure of Meerman in the off season left the Heathcote cricket community reeling, the saints, under the captaincy of Fish Conforti were unable to deliver a 3 peat and subsequently has been the only skipper not to deliver a premiership since admission into the NUCA. In 2016/17 under the tutelage of 2 time premiership player Corey Gilmore, the saints began to reaffirm themselves as a force of the NUCA competition.
The Saints finished 3rd that year and was seen as a lost opportunity. The following year the saints recruited especially with the marquee signing of Shane “boc, boc”Cox, who signed on for a box of socos and hit the winning runs in the 2018 grand final win. Golf: Golfers play at the Heathcote Golf Course, a quality 18 hole championship course. Motor Racing/Athletics & Horse Racing: Heathcote has a harness track that acts as a speedway. J. O. Randell, McIvor, A History of the Shire and the Township of Heathcote, published by the author, East Melbourne, 1985
Seymour is a historic railway township located in the Southern end of the Goulburn Valley in the Shire of Mitchell, Australia and is located 104 kilometres north of Melbourne. At the 2016 census, Seymour had a population of 6,327; the township services the surrounding agricultural industries as well as the nearby military base of Puckapunyal, an important training centre for the Australian Army. Other important sectors of employment in Seymour include retail, light engineering, agricultural services support, medical services, education; the Taungurung people are the traditional inhabitants of the area Seymour now occupies. It is the land of the Buthera Balug clan who occupied the area when Europeans first settled the region in the early 1800s. In 1824, Hume and Hovell on their return from Port Phillip, camped by the Goulburn River not far upstream of Seymour. In 1836 Major Mitchell crossed the Goulburn at Mitchellstown and soon afterwards overlanders and other early settlers began to use this crossing place on the Melbourne–Sydney route.
The mail service between Melbourne and Sydney had been operating for just a year when it was found that a better route was available using the "New Crossing Place". The Robert Burns Inn was operating there by the end of 1839. In 1841 the Government decided that the new crossing place was the spot for a town. Plans were laid before the Executive Council of NSW and Mitchell proposed the name Seymour, approved on December 21, 1843; the town was named after the son of the 11th Duke of Somerset. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1844; the railway arrived in 1872 along with substantial infrastructure to support it, establishing the town as an important rail hub for the Goulburn Valley, the Melbourne–Sydney railway and North Eastern Victoria. It was one of the first Victorian examples of the railway town phenomenon, in the heyday of the railway it employed 400 men and along with their families comprised one-third of the town, or 1500 people; the Australian Army first established a large training camp 4 kilometres east of the township during the First World War.
During the Second World War, the eastern camp diminished in importance and a larger and more permanent military township was established 10 kilometres to the west at Puckapunyal. As of 2008 Puckapunyal is the centre for the Australian Army's Land Warfare Development Centre and Headquarters Combined Arms Training Centre, with three of the Army's five Schools located on site. Additionally, there are smaller training centres and facilities as well as the Road Transport Wing of the Army Logistic Training Centre's Army School of Transport based in Puckapunyal; the base is home to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Memorial and Army Tank Museum. Seymour position on the banks of the Goulburn River and base of the Tallarook Ranges offers breath-taking hiking/riding and bushwalking for all fitness levels and many open public parks including the Australian Lighthorse Memorial Park located on Yea Road and the National Trust listed Old Goulburn Bridge access via Emily Street; the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk was opened in 2013, the only one of its kind in Australia dedicated to Vietnam Veterans.
The Walk has been created using symbolic elements of Vietnam and over 60,000 names of every serviceman & servicewoman who served in the conflict are listed. The township is home to The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre the heritage centre has a large collection of vintage and heritage locomotives and rolling stock; the Seymour and District Historical Society Museum, is located in Tallarook Street in the Pioneer Library. Seymour Alternative Farming Expo February each year. Established in 1991, the Expo has grown into one of the most successful alternative farming expos in the Southern Hemisphere which draws many thousands of visitors from around Australia; the Seymour Agricultural Show, held on the first Saturday in October every year, first established in 1858 it is the display of rural industry, including livestock and produce with its associated competitions and awards, drawing large crowds from the state the to compete each year. Tastes of the Goulburn food and wine festival is hosted in October each year, showcasing the best local produce from the Goulburn Valley and Central Victoria.
This unique festival offers the option to travel by Steam rail from Melbourne Seymour Cup in October each year. As one of the premier Country Cups in Victoria, the $150,000 Godolphin Seymour Cup attracts many of the State's leading trainers and jockeys. Seymour offers a wide selection of dining options to visitors that include The Prince of Wales Hotel, The Seymour Club, The Royal Hotel, The Railway Hotel, which all provide visitors with a selection of fresh locally produced foods and wines; the Hume International Raceway is located 10 kilometres West of the township and holds regular go-cart racing meetings on most weekends. Seymour is the second town mentioned in the original version of the song "I've Been Everywhere". Seymour is located at the southern end of the Goulburn Valley wine region; the main influencing factors in the Goulburn Valley wine region are the hills of the Great Dividing Range and the Goulburn River which mitigates lengthy and warm summers. Top Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Marsanne Soil Types: Sandy clay loams, clay loams and gritty, gravelly quartzose sands There are several wineries in and near the township which include Wine x Sam, Mitchelton Winery, Fowles Wines, Kensington Wines and several other boutique vineyards Box Grove vineyard, Brave Go
Shire of Mitchell
The Shire of Mitchell is a local government area in the Hume region of Victoria, located North of Melbourne. It covers an area of 2,864 square kilometres and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 34,637, it includes the towns of Broadford, Seymour, Tallarook and Wallan. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Pyalong, Shire of Kilmore, most of the Shire of Broadford, parts of the Shire of McIvor and Rural City of Seymour; the Shire is administered by the Mitchell Shire Council. The Shire is named after an early British surveyor and explorer, Major Thomas Mitchell, who explored the south-eastern part of Australia, whose return route for his third expedition passed through the present-day LGA, it is the one of the fastest growing regional municipalities in Victoria. The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward; the council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Broadford Civic Centre, the location of the council's administrative activities.
It provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Broadford, its service centres in Kilmore and Wallan. List of localities Mitchell Shire Council official website Metlink local public transport map Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
Electoral district of Bulleen
The electoral district of Bulleen is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 36 square kilometres in eastern Melbourne, including the suburbs of Bulleen, Templestowe Lower, part of Templestowe, it lies within the Eastern Metropolitan Region of the Legislative Council. Bulleen was created in 1985, has been a safe seat for the Liberal Party since its inception, it was won at its first election by David Perrin, the outgoing secretary of the Victorian Dairy Industry Authority. Perrin served four terms as member for the seat, was an outspoken conservative backbencher during the Kennett government, opposing Kennett on drug reform and gay and lesbian anti-discrimination laws. In 1999, Perrin lost Liberal preselection to former Kennett adviser Nicholas Kotsiras in a bitter contest which saw numerous claims of branch stacking. Kotsiras subsequently served four terms as member for Bulleen, he held many shadow portfolios in opposition between 2002 and 2010, served as a minister in both the Baillieu and Napthine governments from 2010 to 2014.
He held the roles of Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship from 2010 to 2014, Minister for Energy and Resources from 2013 to 2014. In early 2014, Kotsiras announced that he would retire at the 2014 election, resigned from the ministry in March. Kotsiras was succeeded as member for Bulleen by then-Legislative Council member and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy, who switched to the Legislative Assembly. Guy was elected Opposition Leader in December 2014 in the aftermath of the Liberal government's election defeat. Electorate profile: Bulleen, Victorian Electoral Commission
Electoral district of Burwood
The electoral district of Burwood is an electorate for the Victorian Legislative Assembly in Australia. It is located 13 kilometres east of Melbourne, covers an area of 25 km², it includes the suburbs of Ashburton, Box Hill South and parts of Camberwell, Glen Iris, Surrey Hills. It was created in 1955 as part of the expansion of the Legislative Assembly, abolished in 1967, replaced by Glen Iris, it was recreated in 1976. The seat's most notable member was Jeff Kennett, who won the seat on its recreation in 1976 and went on to serve as leader of the Liberal Party from 1982 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1999, as Premier of Victoria from 1992 to 1999. Kennett retired after his government's shock defeat at the 1999 election. In the ensuring by-election, his Labor opponent in the general election, Bob Stensholt, won the safe Liberal seat on a swing of over 10 percent. Stensholt went on to hold the seat in his own right for two more terms before Graham Watt regained it for the Liberals. Electorate profile: Burwood, Victorian Electoral Commission
Electoral district of Bass
The electoral district of Bass is one of the electoral districts of Victoria, for the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 1,383 square kilometres south east of Melbourne, stretching from outer suburban Pakenham through rural areas to the coast at Inverloch and Phillip Island, it includes the towns of Bass, Cape Paterson, Cowes, Inverloch, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, San Remo, Ventnor and part of suburban Pakenham. It lies within the Eastern Victoria Region of the Legislative Council. Bass was created in a redistribution for the 2002 election, it replaced the abolished electorate of Gippsland West, held by independent Susan Davies. However, the seat is located in traditional Liberal territory, its predecessors, Gippsland West and Westernport, had been strongholds for the conservative parties. On the new boundaries it was marginally Liberal on a "traditional" two-party basis. Davies contested Bass, but was defeated by Liberal candidate Ken Smith, the member for the relevant Legislative Council seat of Gippsland Province since 1988.
Smith's win was the only Liberal gain in an election which saw Labor score its biggest-ever victory in Victoria. Smith was reelected in 2006 election with a modest swing in his favour, he was reelected handily at the 2010 election, picking up a swing large enough to revert Bass to a safe Liberal seat, as Gippsland West had been. He subsequently served as Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 2010 to 2014. Smith retired at the 2014 state election after losing the speakership in February 2014, when he lost the support of balance of power independent MP Geoff Shaw. Brian Paynter, a local accountant, succeeded him as Liberal member for Bass. However, Paynter was swept out after only one term by Labor's Jordan Crugnale, who became the first Labor member to win the seat or its predecessors. Electorate profile: Bass, Victorian Electoral Commission