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Geoff Howard

At the State Election in November this year, current Ballarat East Electorate residents will be voting in the new Buninyong Electorate which has been created by the Victorian Electoral Commission.


As the present Member for the Ballarat East Electorate which mostly falls into the new Buninyong Electorate, I will be standing as the Labor Party candidate at the election.


Over the coming months I intend to continue my practice of meeting with as many people as possible across the communities in the new electorate.


As well as holding my regular community consultations, I will be door-knocking and making phone contact with residents.


I will also be holding local community meetings and BBQ’s across the many suburbs, towns and regions in the electorate.


If I miss you while I am out and about, or you are not able to attend my community meetings in your area and would like to speak with me, please call 5331 7722 or e-mail me on


I would also welcome any support you may like to offer towards my efforts to provide strong leadership to represent your community.


Geoff Howard
MLA Ballarat East

Media Releases

Ballarat TAFE Crisis Under Napthine

April 11, 2014

Denis Napthine’s TAFE cuts have devastated TAFE delivery at Ballarat University, now Federation University Australia, local Labor MP Geoff Howard said today.

Why Isn’t Napthine Starting Now?

April 1, 2014

Responding to the announcement by Premier Napthine that Vicroads may move to a site adjacent Ballarat’s Civic Hall, Geoff Howard MP, Member for Ballarat East, said that the announcement was a cynical act which lacked credibility.


Public Transport

April 3, 2014

The word 'delusional' is the only word you can think of when you hear the comments that are being made by members on the opposite side of the house, members of the government, with regard to this matter of public importance (MPI). In fact when you read the statement of the matter of public importance that was proposed by the Minister for Public Transport today, you have to check the date again: is it 1 April? No, it is 2 April. The government has missed the date, because this would have to be an April Fools Day trick if ever there was one.

TAFE Policy

April 2, 2014

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. I ask the minister to take action to clarify for the people of Ballan and region the coalition policy in regard to TAFE and to confirm or otherwise that the coalition plans to construct a new TAFE or technical school in Ballan.