The Flinders Electorate
Flinders is named after the famous explorer and navigator Matthew Flinders (1774–1814), who was the first person to circumnavigate Australia. The adoption of the name ‘Australia’ is due to him.
From Point Nepean to Mornington, Baxter, Somerville down to Western Port, and in the beautiful hills and vast open spaces of the Green Wedge, Flinders is a place of diverse and thriving townships, a beautiful natural environment and a dynamic local economy.
Local industries include a steel-rolling mill, dairy farms, fishing, poultry, wineries, orchards, light industry and tourism. The electorate also has a rich sporting tradition, having bred many great football players, sailors, surfers, swimmers, netballers and runners.
The Flinders electorate is 871 sq km, and surrounds and encompasses Western Port, including French Island, and covers much of the Mornington Peninsula.