In­de­pen­dent tops bal­lot pa­pers

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

The bat­tle for the Vic­to­rian state seat of Be­nam­bra be­gan on Mon­day, with an early vot­ing cen­tre open­ing at the Be­nam­bra State Elec­toral Of­fice at 170 High Street, Wodonga.

Vot­ers are faced with a choice of six can­di­dates for Be­nam­bra.

In­de­pen­dent Jac­qui Hawkins has drawn out the top spot on the bal­lot pa­pers for the up­com­ing elec­tion to be held on Novem­ber 24.

Aus­tralian Labour Party can­di­date Mark Tait is se­cond fol­lowed by Lib­eral Party in­cum­bent Bill Til­ley.

Former Indigo Mayor Jenny O’Con­ner, who is stand­ing as an in­de­pen­dent, is fourth in order on the bal­lot pa­pers fol­lowed by Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party can­di­date Josh Knight.

Aus­tralian Greens Can­di­date John Bard­s­ley rounds up the sixth spot on the bal­lot pa­pers.

The Be­nam­bra Dis­trict elec­torate cov­ers an area of 10,037 square kilo­me­tres and fea­tures Lake Hume, the Kiewa, Mitta Mitta and Up­per Mur­ray Val­leys and the Vic­to­rian Alps. The his­toric gold­min­ing towns of Beech­worth, Chiltern, Ruther­glen and Yackan­dan­dah and the Falls Creek ski re­sort are pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions.

Towns in the elec­torate in­clude Baran­duda, Bar­nawartha, Beech­worth, Chiltern, Cor­ry­ong, Eskdale, Kiewa, Mitta Mitta, Mount Beauty, Ruther­glen, Tal­lan­gatta, Tangam­balanga, Ta­wonga, Wah­gun­yah, Walwa, Wodonga and Yackan­dan­dah.

The Be­nam­bra Dis­trict elec­torate cov­ers an area of 10,037 square kilo­me­tres.

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