The electoral district of Myall Lakes is a located on Mid-North Coast. Myall Lakes Lakes covers a majority of both Greater Taree and Great Lakes council areas. Myall Lakes covers the towns of Taree and Forster, and surrounding areas.
According to 2016 Census data, Myall Lakes has:
A population of 71,063 (48,254 voters turned out in 2015 out of 54,796 enrolled);
A higher than average median age at 51;
A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 9.9% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A lower than average median weekly household income of $883 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Myall Lakes has existed since 1988 and has always been held by the National Party.
When Myall Lakes was created, it partly replaced the seat of Gloucester, which had existed since 1880. Gloucester had been held by the Country/National Party since 1950.
Myall Lakes was won in 1988 by John Turner of the National Party. He held the seat for six terms before retiring in 2011. Turner served as deputy leader of the NSW National Party from 1999 to 2003. In 2011, Myall Lakes was won by Nationals candidate Stephen Bromhead.
The current member, Stephen Bromhead, holds the seat for the Nationals.
Stephen Bromhead (NAT)
Bromhead is the National Party candidate for Myall Lakes in the 2019 election, and the current member. Bromhead is a registered nurse and originally commenced work initially as a nurse. Bromhead later joined the New South Wales Police Force, serving initially as a general duties officer and then as a detective. Bromhead served for a total of 12 years in the majority around Taree and surrounding districts. Bromhead studied law by correspondence while working as an officer and was admitted as a solicitor. He has subsequently studied and completed his Masters of Law through the University of New South Wales specialising in corporate, commercial and taxation law.
Bromhead has served as a Councillor on the Greater Taree City Council and has had extensive community involvement including local rugby union football clubs, tourism associations, chambers of commerce, and horse racing clubs.
Bromhead is currently The Nationals Whip.
David Keegan (LAB)
Keegan is the Labor candidate for Myall Lakes in the 2019 election.
Keegan works on his farm just outside Taree where he has 15 hectares of protected wetlands. Keegan is actively involved in the community - joining Apex when he moved to the area, and representing the area on the Hunter Rural Division of General Practice and the Medical Staff Council. Keegan stepped beyond medical practice in 2008 and successfully ran for a position on the Greater Taree City Council.