Electoral district of Benambra

The electoral district of Benambra is one of the electoral districts of Victoria, Australia, for the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 10,037 square kilometres (3,875 sq mi)[1] in north-eastern Victoria. The largest settlement is the city of Wodonga. Benambra also includes the towns of Baranduda, Barnawartha, Beechworth, Chiltern, Corryong, Eskdale, Kiewa, Mitta Mitta, Mount Beauty, Rutherglen, Tallangatta, Tangambalanga, Tawonga, Wahgunyah, and Yackandandah. It lies in the Northern Victoria Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]

VictoriaLegislative Assembly
Location of Benambra (dark green) in Victoria
MPBill Tilley
PartyLiberal Party
NamesakeTown of Benambra
Electors50,045 (2022)
Area9,147 km2 (3,531.7 sq mi)
Coordinates36°30′S 147°25′E / 36.500°S 147.417°E / -36.500; 147.417
Electorates around Benambra:
New South Wales New South Wales New South Wales
Oven Valley Benambra New South Wales
Ovens Valley Gippsland East New South Wales

The district of Benambra was created by the Electoral Act Amendment Act 1876.[2] taking effect at the 1877 elections.

The district has been held by various conservative parties unbroken since 1877, with the Liberal Party taking the seat from the Nationals in 1976 and retaining it since.

The district is named after Benambra, a small town 28km north of Omeo in Gippsland. The town of Benambra is not actually located in the electoral district (it is in Gippsland East). Benambra is thought to be Aboriginal in origin meaning hills with big trees or men spearing eels.[3]

Members for Benambra

Member Party Term
  Peter Wright Liberal 1877–1880
  Peter Wallace Conservative 1880–1886
  Peter Wright Liberal 1886–1889
  Albert Craven Conservative 1889–1913
  Conservative Liberal
  Comm Liberal
  John Leckie Comm Liberal 1913–1917
  Henry Beardmore Economy 1917–1918
  Nationalist 1917–1931
  United Australia 1931–1932
  Roy Paton Country 1932–1947
  Tom Mitchell Country 1947–1976
  Lou Lieberman Liberal 1976–1992
  Tony Plowman Liberal 1992–2006
  Bill Tilley Liberal 2006–present

Election results

2022 Victorian state election: Benambra[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bill Tilley 17,658 42.9 +2.8
Independent Jacqui Hawkins 13,038 31.7 +15.6
Labor Mark Tait 5,375 13.1 −4.6
Greens Luke Brady 1,592 3.9 +0.4
Animal Justice Mike Fuery 1,170 2.8 +2.8
Family First Janelle Stratton 815 2.0 +2.0
Liberal Democrats Dean Rossiter 804 2.0 +2.0
Freedom Adrian James O'Brien 683 1.7 +1.7
Total formal votes 41,135 95.1 +0.5
Informal votes 2,099 4.9 −0.5
Turnout 43,234 86.4 +0.5
Notional two-party-preferred count
Liberal Bill Tilley 26,021 63.3 +4.0
Labor Mark Tait 15,114 36.7 −4.0
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Bill Tilley 20,956 50.9 −1.6
Independent Jacqui Hawkins 20,179 49.1 +1.6
Liberal hold Swing −1.6
Two-candidate-preferred vote results in Benambra


  1. ^ a b "Benambra District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ "The Electoral Act Amendment Act 1876". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Benambra | Victorian Places".
  4. ^ Green, Antony (11 January 2023). "VIC22 – 2-Party Preferred Results and Swings by District". Antony Green's Election Blog. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  5. ^ VIC 2021 Final Redistribution, ABC News. [Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  6. ^ Benambra District results, Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 December 2022.