ABOUT THE MALLEE
Named after the Mallee variety of eucalyptus we're part of the Wimmera region of Victoria.
The electorate is located in the far north-west of the state and shares the border with South Australia in the west and the Murray River (which forms the border with New South Wales) in the north. At 81,962 square kilometres, it is the largest geographical electorate in Victoria.
The Federal Division of the Mallee includes the North Western Victorian towns of Mildura, Ouyen, Robinvale, Swan Hill, Kerang, St Arnaud, Maryborough, Warracknabeal, and Horsham.
Twelve municipalities lie within the boundaries of the Mallee Federal electorate; Horsham, Swan Hill and Mildura Rural Cities and the Northern Grampians, Gannawarra, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Yarriambiack West Wimmera, Loddon, Pyrenees, and Central Goldfield Shires.
There are 154,000 residents in the Mallee division and one of the highest proportions of an electorate’s workforce engaged in agriculture of any seat. Farmers are managing businesses in the prime horticultural and agricultural region beside the Murray River, the grain growing areas of the Wimmera and Mallee and the wool growing areas of the Western District.
The Mallee hosts industries including tourism, service industries, small manufacturing, transport, education, biotechnology and research. Mallee farmers and small business produce dried fruits, citrus, stone fruit, almonds, olives, pistachio and other nuts, beekeeping and pollination, wheat and other cereals, pulse grains, wool, sheep, vegetables, forestry, wine grapes, table grapes, dairying, meat works, sand mining and gold.
The Mallee Division encompasses all of Mildura, parts of Bendigo East, Lowan, Murray Plains and Ripon State seats. All of Buloke, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Loddon, Mildura, Swan Hill, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack, parts of Northern Grampians and the Pyrenees local government areas.
The electorate includes the Murray-Sunset National Park, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Wyperfeld National Park, Little Desert National Park, and the Big Desert Wilderness Park. The Mallee region has a distinctive range of birds including the Mallee Fowl which constructs large mounds of sand and litter to incubate its eggs. Parrots are prominent throughout the Mallee, including the colourful Mallee Ringneck, Major Mitchell Cockatoo and Regent parrot.