Independent tops ballot papers
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.