The electoral district of Tweed is located within Northern NSW. Tweed covers the eastern half of the Tweed shire, covering most of the shire’s population centres including Tweed Heads and Banora Point.
According to 2016 Census data, Tweed has:
A population of 76,156 (44,191 voters turned out in 2015 out of 53,491 enrolled);
A higher than average median age at 47;
A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 13.3% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A lower than average median weekly household income of $1,082 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Tweed in its current form has existed since 1999. It was held by the ALP from 1999 to 2007 and by the Nationals since 2007.
In the 1999 election, after Murwillumbah was replaced by Tweed, sitting Nationals member for Murwillumbah Don Beck for Tweed seat as the National Party candidate. Beck lost to the ALP candidate, Neville Newell. Newell won Tweed in 1999 with a 2.6% margin. This was increased in 2003 to 3.8%. Newell lost Tweed in 2007 to Nationals candidate Geoff Provest. Provest was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
National Party polling has put them behind in Tweed for some time.
Geoff Provest (NAT)
Provest is the Liberal candidate for Tweed in the 2019 election, and the current member.
Prior to being elected to the NSW Parliament, Provest was the long-term general manager of the Tweed Heads Bowls Club, the largest bowls club in the southern hemisphere. Provest has chaired the Regional Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, the Regional Clean-Up Australia Day Committee, Tweed Tourism and Tweed Neighbourhood Watch. He has also received numerous awards including the Premier’s Award and Tweed Shire Council Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Provest currently is Temporary Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as the Deputy Chair of the Committee on Environment and Planning, and the Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption. He is also the Chair of the Joint Committee on the Office of the Valuer-General and Committee Law and Safety.
Provest is Temporary Speaker.
Craig Elliot (LAB)
Elliot is running as the Labor candidate for Tweed in the 2019 election.
Elliot is the husband of the Federal MP for Richmond federal Justine Elliot, whose division incorporate the Tweed.
Elliot left school at 16 and went to TAFE to train as an electrician, subsequently worked in the construction industry. Elliot was later a member of the Queensland Police Service. Elliot later competed a Bachelor in Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence and was until recently a senior policy advisor to the Queensland Police Minister.