Ivan Dean, since 2009.
Northern Tasmania. Windermere covers the eastern shore of the Tamar River, stretching from the north-eastern suburbs of Launceston to George Town. The electorate covers the entire George Town council area, and a small part of the City of Launceston.
The electorate of Windermere was created by the 1999 redistribution, but mostly replaced the seat of Westmorland, which had existed since 1885.
The seat was held by a series of three independents from 1919 to 1985, but since 1985 no MP won re-election until 2009.
Darryl Chellis held the seat from 1985 to 1991, then George Brookes from 1991 to 1997.
In 1997, Silvia Smith won Westmorland as an independent Labor candidate. Smith had held the federal seat of Bass for the ALP from 1993 to 1996.
Smith was allocated to Windermere when the seats were redistributed in 1999.
In 2003, Smith was defeated by conservative independent Ivan Dean. Dean was also elected as Mayor of Launceston from 2005 to 2007.
In 2009, Dean was re-elected, seeing off a challenge from former Labor MP Kathryn Hay (running as an independent) and future Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson.
Windermere is the most interesting race in this year’s Legislative Council election.
Dean only narrowly held on for a second term in 2009, and is facing strong partisan opposition from Labor and the Greens in 2015.
Windermere tends to be a Labor-leaning area in other elections, but official party candidates tend to struggle in these elections, which should give Dean an advantage in a close race.
2009 two-candidate-preferred result
Polling places in Windermere have been split into three parts: central, north and south. Polling places in the George Town council area have been grouped as ‘north’, while those booths in the City of Launceston have been grouped as ‘Central’ and ‘South’.
Sitting independent MP Ivan Dean’s vote ranged from 36.6% in the centre to 41.2% in the north.
His main rival, Kathryn Hay, had a vote ranging from 25.8% in the north to 28.7% in the south.
Greens candidate Peter Whish-Wilson’s vote ranged from 13.5% in the south to 19% in the north.
|Voter group||Dean %||Hay %||GRN %||Total votes||% of votes|