With the leaders visiting the Central Coast of NSW regularly during the election campaign, Robertson is one of those swinging seats that is on both the major parties radar.
• Currently held by the Liberals’ Lucy Wicks with a margin of 1.1%, Robertson is a bellweather seat. It’s gone with the party that forms government ever since 1983. Wicks won the seat from Labor in 2013.
• Her main competitor is Labor’s Anne Charlton. She’s a youth drug and alcohol services specialist – something she dedicated herself to after addiction issues in her younger years.
• Robertson takes in Gosford, Woy Woy and Terrigal, but its issues are very similar to those of Sydney’s outer suburbs. Which means transport and infrastructure concerns, cost of living pressures and access to education and health services top of mind for voters.
With Eden-Monaro losing its bellwether status at the last election – this is one to watch on election night to see if it’s an east coast predictor of the broader trend.