The Legislative Assembly District of Bendigo East is an urbanised rural electorate located north-west of Melbourne. It has a land area of 2,086 square kilometres and is part of the Legislative Council Region of Northern Victoria.
Major localities include: Axedale, Bendigo, Bendigo East, Bridgewater on Loddon, Epsom, Flora Hill, Goornong, Huntly, Kennington, Mandurang, Marong, Quarry Hill, Raywood, Spring Gully, Strathdale, Strathfieldsaye, White Hills.
Parts of the following Bendigo suburbs are in Bendigo East: Eaglehawk, Golden Square, Kangaroo Flat
The Bendigo East District includes the western end of Lake Eppalock, the Bendigo Aerodrome and the Bendigo Racecourse. The city of Bendigo was a major gold mining centre in the nineteenth century and is a popular tourist destination.
Industries include mining, dairy and sheep farming, fruit growing, manufacturing and tourism.
The electorate was first created in 1904 and merged with Bendigo West in 1927 to create a single Bendigo electorate.
Bendigo East was recreated in 1985 as a marginal seat and was won by Liberal candidate Michael John, who went on to serve as a minister in the Kennett government. He was narrowly defeated by Labor candidate Jacinta Allan at the 1999 general election.
Ms Allan served as the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Skills and Workforce Participation in the Brumby government.
Victoria's Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) announced the start of a redivision of State electoral boundaries on 7 December 2012.
The redivision is required by law because there have been two general elections since the last redivision. It will restore Victorian State electorates to approximate equality - that is, with enrolments not varying by more than 10 per cent from the State average.
Bendigo East's boundaries have been affected by the redivision. Download one of the the maps linked below to see if you have been affected by the redivision.