Profile: Maitland

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Your candidates from left: Philip Penfold (Independent), Jenny Aitchison (Labor), Steve Thomson (Liberal), John Brown (The Greens), Tina Esposito (No Land Tax, no picture supplied), Anna Balfour, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group).●Get to know the seats in the Hunter
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AT A GLANCE

In one sense, the race for Maitland will be an open contest in 2015 with the city guaranteed to get a new state MP on March 28.

Liberal Robyn Parker scored a huge win in 2011 when she ousted Labor’s Frank Terenzini. Ms Parker secured a swing of more than 20 per cent to the Liberals, leaving them with a comfortable 4.9 per cent margin. But Ms Parker won’t be contesting the 2015 poll, with Hunter Business Chamber director Steve Thomson ready to do the party’s bidding.

He will line up against Labor’s Jenny Aitchison and the Greens’ John Brown. The boundary redistributions in 2012 might also play a part in this year’s result – the adjustment will steal a bit away from the Liberals which might prove costly in a tight finish.

Oddly, the Newcastle rail issue will play a significant part in the Maitland election. Many of Maitland’s workers travel to the city by train for work, so the truncation of the heavy rail line at Wickham has not gone down entirely well in this part of the world.

Suburbs in electorate: Aberglasslyn, Allandale, Anambah, Ashtonfield, Berry Park, Bishops Bridge, Bolwarra, Bolwarra Heights, Chisholm, Cliftleigh, Duckenfield, East Maitland, Farley, Four Mile Creek, Gillieston Heights, Gosforth, Greta, Harpers Hill, Hillsborough, Horseshoe Bend, Lambs Valley, Largs, Lochinvar, Lorn, Louth Park, Luskintyre, Maitland, Maitland Vale, Melville, Metford, Millers Forest, Mindaribba, Morpeth, Mount Dee, Oakhampton, Oakhampton Heights, Oswald, Phoenix Park, Pitnacree, Raworth, Rosebrook, Rutherford, South Maitland, Telarah, Tenambit, Thornton, Tocal, Windella, Windermere, Woodberry, Woodville.

Currently held by: Robyn Parker, Liberal

Heritage Mall in Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Margin: 4.9% to Independent

Boundary redistribution: reduced Liberal margin by about 1.4% on 2011 result.

Voters: 53,160

Two-party preferred result 2011: Robyn Parker (Liberal) 22,057 beat Frank Terenzini (Labor) 17,135

Total population: 75,694

Median age: 36

Total workforce: 37,192

Weekly household income: $1329

People who travel to work by public transport: 845

People who travel to work by car as passenger or driver: 27,099

Couples without children: 7545

Couples with children: 9838

One parent families: 3447

Own house outright: 8347

Own house with mortgage: 10,857

Rent home: 6780

Median monthly mortgage repayment: $1733

Unemployment rate: TBC

CANDIDATES IN BALLOT ORDER

1.Philip Penfold, Independent

2.Jenny Aitchison, Labor

3.Steve Thomson, Liberal

4. John Brown, The Greens

5.Tina Esposito, No Land Tax

6.Anna Balfour, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

* Information collected from 2011 Census, Newcastle Herald archive and Elections NSW.