Member for Western Victoria
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Transport
Simon Ramsay was elected as a Liberal Member for Western Victoria Region at the 2010 Victorian State Election.
Simon grew up and raised his family in the region, where he continues to live today.
After successfully completing Year 12 at Geelong Grammar School in 1972, Simon went on to study a Diploma of Farm Management at Glenormiston Agricultural College and a Certificate of Small business from ACE Colac. Between 1977 to 2010 Simon was the owner and manager of East Mooleric Pastoral Company, as well as director and part owner of CRF Foods Pty Ltd. Currently Simon owns a small beef grazing property south of Birregurra.
Simon is still involved in the Victorian Farmers Federation, where he served as president for four years, until 2009. He is a strong supporter of the local community and has helped to raise funds for the Black Saturday victims, flood appeals and school fundraisers.
Simon has successfully advocated for government policy that protects and enhances the interests of regional communities. Simon understands the importance of protecting regional jobs and helped to create a state-of-the-art food processing facility in the region which employs 400 Victorians. Simon is also a strong voice in Parliament for other issues affecting regional communities such as rural water security, the environment, and rural and regional infrastructure.
Simon has been an active member of the Liberal Party for many years. He has been involved in Party policy reform in a number or areas, including the Fire Services Levy, Law and Order, and the reduction of red tape and regulation for small business.
Simon is a keen contributor to Parliamentary debate and sat on the Economy and Infrastructure Legislation Committee, Economy and Infrastructure References Committee and also Chaired the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee that reported on an Enquiry into the Supply and Use of Methamphetamine, particularly ICE. Simon is currently serving on the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee and the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Committee, both are joint investigatory committees of the Parliament of Victoria.
Simon is also the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Transport.
In January 2015 Simon relocated his office to Geelong, Victoria’s second city.