|Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:03|
The electoral district of Burrinjuck covers some 28,000 km² in a big square above Canberra and stretches from Cowra in the north to Gundagai in the south, and from Crookwell in the east to Grenfell and Cootamundra.
The electoral district of Burrinjuck was first formed in 1950. Its current Member, Katrina Hodgkinson, was first elected during the March 1999 State Election. At that election Burrinjuck included the City of Goulburn, and the local government areas of Mulwaree, Crookwell, Gunning, Gundagai, Tumut, Boorowa and parts of Harden, Wingecarribee and Yarrowlumla Shires.
Katrina was re-elected in the 2003 and 2007 State Elections, each time with an increasing margin. Following the redistribution of NSW electorates in 2006, Katrina was returned comfortably, at the March 2007 election, achieving 64.7% of the first preference votes and a two-party preferred vote of 67.33%.
Burrinjuck now has 49,007 people enrolled to vote and consists of the local government areas of Upper Lachlan, Boorowa, Gundagai, Cowra, Weddin, Young, Harden and Cootamundra, most of Yass Valley Shire excluding Sutton and parts of Blayney, Bland, and Junee Shires.
Land use within Burrinjuck is primarily agricultural with grazing predominating in the east trending to cropping towards the West. There are some areas of light industry in the larger towns and some forestry areas to the South. Burrinjuck is well known for its production of fine Merino wool.
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About KatrinaAs a strong advocate for rural NSW, Katrina has extensive experience representing the large rural electorate of Burrinjuck for more than ten years.
Prior to entering parliament, Katrina gained an understanding of local needs and her community as an owner and operator of ‘The Sheep’s Back’ in Yass and Bowral and working as a TAFE Instructor in Yass and Queanbeyan.
Katrina remains highly active and engaged with her community, currently serving as the patron of many community groups and associations, including the South West Slopes Chapter of the National Serviceman’s Association, various Agricultural Show Societies and also through her involvement with public primary schools.
Since being elected to Parliament, Katrina Hodgkinson has used the experiences gained from her Burrinjuck electorate and has taken on board a broad range of parliamentary duties and esteemed portfolios. As a member of the newly elected Coalition Government, Katrina has accepted ministerial responsibility for the portfolio of Primary Industries and the portfolio of Small Business. Previous portfolios have included serving as Shadow Minister for Small Business, Shadow Minister for Fair Trading, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Shadow Minister for Major Events, Shadow Minister for Community Services and Shadow Minister for Natural Resource Management. Katrina has also served as a Member of the NSW Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.
Katrina upholds a strong sense of family and is married with two children and lives at Yass, in the heart of the Burrinjuck Electorate.
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