Electorate analysis: Myall Lakes covers 70 kilometres of the central coast to the north of Newcastle and south of Port Macquarie, including the coastal towns of Tuncurry and Forster and the inland centre of Taree on the Manning River. The electorate was created in 1988 in place of abolished Gloucester, an always conservative seat that had been in National/Country Party hands since independent member Ray Fitzgerald joined the party in 1947. Gloucester MP Wendy Machin moved to the seat of Manning at the 1988 election, which in 1991 was renamed Port Macquarie. Myall Lakes went to former solicitor and tax agent John Turner, who has held it ever since. Turner is retiring a the coming election and has been succeeded as Nationals candidate by Stephen Bromhead, a solicitor from Forster. Bromhead was hospitalised during the second last week of the campaign after he was injured in a car accident.
Analysis written by William Bowe. Please direct corrections or comments to pollbludger-AT-crikey.com.au. Read William’s blog, The Poll Bludger.