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
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.
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.