Tim McCurdy, since 2014. Previously member for Murray Valley 2010-2014.
Northern Victoria. Ovens Valley covers the towns of Bright, Cobram, Glenrowan, Myrtleford, Wangaratta and Yarrawonga, and is centred on Wangaratta. The electorate covers the entirety of Wangaratta Shire, the eastern half of Moira Shire, and most of Alpine Shire.
Ovens Valley is a successor to the electorate of Murray Valley. Murray Valley was first created in 1945, and was always held by the Country/National Party, until it was renamed in 2014.
The seat was first won in 1945 by George Moss. He became leader of the Country Party in 1964, and served in that role until 1970. He retired from Murray Valley in 1973.
Murray Valley was won in 1973 by the National Party’s Bill Baxter. In 1976, a redistribution shifted Murray Valley’s boundaries, and he decided to contest the neighbouring seat of Benambra, where sitting National Thomas Mitchell was retiring after 29 years. Baxter topped the poll on primary votes but was defeated by the Liberal candidate.
Baxter then moved to the Legislative Council, winning a by-election for North Eastern Province in 1978. He held his seat until1984, when he resigned to run against the sitting Liberal MP for the overlapping federal seat of Indi, coming third on primary votes. He won back his Legislative Council seat at a 1985 by-election, and served until 2006, when his Legislative Council seat was abolished and he unsuccessfully attempted to win the Legislative Assembly seat of Benambra.
Murray Valley was won in 1976 by the National Party’s Ken Jasper. Jasper was re-elected in Murray Valley nine times, and retired in 2010.
Nationals MP Tim McCurdy won Murray Valley in 2010, and moved to Ovens Valley in 2014.
Murray Valley is a very safe Nationals seat.
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2014 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Ovens Valley have been divided into four parts. Those polling places in the town of Wangaratta have been grouped, and the remaining booths were split into three areas. Those polling places in Wangaratta Shire outside of the town itself were grouped as “Central”, those in Alpine Shire were grouped as “East”, and those in Moira Shire were grouped as “West”.
The Nationals won a large majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 60.9% in the east to 73.3% in the centre.
The Greens primary vote ranged form 6.3% in the west to 14.3% in the east.
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Election results in Ovens Valley at the 2014 Victorian state election
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