Popular local member Philip Ruddock is retiring after 42 years in parliament. Photo: http://www.philipruddock.com
Retiring. Ruddock was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1973 as the Member for Parramatta, then Dundas from 1977 and Berowra since 1993 after a redistribution.
The retirement of Philip Ruddock, after long service for this safe Liberal seat, may see changes in voting patterns. An outer metropolitan area extending from the Hawkesbury River southwards to Pennant Hills, Berowra encompasses semi-rural and suburban areas. Fishing and oyster farming are key industries for the Hawkesbury, with small businesses and retail services predominating elsewhere.
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After 42 years as the federal member for Berowra, the retirement of Liberal Phllip Ruddock may see some changes in voting behaviour.
The newly endorsed Liberal candidate, Julian Leeser, should expect to win comfortably, given the seat has been Liberal since its inception in 1969.
Berowra is a diverse outer metropolitan seat, extending from the Hawkesbury River in the north, to Pennant Hills and Beecroft in the South.
Fishing and oyster farming are important industries in the Hawkesbury and retail services and small businesses are major employers across the electorate.
Berowra has a population of 131,317, according to the 2011 Census. The average age of residents is 40 and 60 percent of adults in the electorate are married. It has relatively low rates of unemployment.
Professional, scientific and technical services account for 12 percent of occupations. Another 12 percent work in health care and social assistance. Nearly a third of the electorate's population attends an educational institution.
Insensitive urban development to cater for higher density living is a major concern in this relatively affluent electorate.