Michael Crutchfield

Michael Crutchfield
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for South Barwon
In office
30 November 2002  26 November 2010
Preceded by Alister Paterson
Succeeded by Andrew Katos
86th Mayor of Geelong
In office
Deputy Ken Jarvis
Preceded by Stretch Kontelj
Personal details
Born Michael Paul Crutchfield
(1961-12-12) 12 December 1961
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession Teacher, Firefighter

Michael Paul Crutchfield (born 12 December 1961) is an Australian politician. He was formerly the member for South Barwon in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

Early life

Crutchfield was born in Melbourne, but attended high school in the coastal city of Warrnambool. He studied to become a teacher at the University of Western Australia before returning to Victoria and taking up a position as a teacher at Chanel College in Geelong. Two years later, however, he left the position and took on a position as a career firefighter with the Country Fire Authority.[1]

Political career

Crutchfield ran for and was elected to the council of the City of Greater Geelong in 1995. He was a popular and high-profile councillor, and subsequently served as the city's mayor from 2000 to 2001.

Crutchfield remained on the council after losing the mayoralty, and contested Australian Labor Party preselection for the state seat of South Barwon, which was considered a safe seat for the conservative Liberal Party of Australia, and had never been won by Labor before in its history. Aided considerably by a statewide landslide victory for Labor, Crutchfield defeated long-serving incumbent Alister Paterson in the 2002 state election, and took up his seat in parliament. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Water and the Environment in 2007.[1]

Crutchfield lost his seat in the 2010 state election.

Personal life

He is an avid Geelong Cats supporter and a former coach and captain of the South Barwon Football Club. He is married.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 "Members Information - Michael Crutchfield (South Barwon)". Parliament of Victoria. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Alister Paterson
Member for South Barwon
Succeeded by
Andrew Katos
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