Electoral district of Eyre
Western Australia—Legislative Assembly
|Dates current||1950–1962; 1989–2005; 2008–present|
|Namesake||Edward John Eyre|
|Area||292,240 km2 (112,834.5 sq mi)|
|Demographic||Mining and Pastoral|
The district covers large tracts of the rural south-east of Western Australia. It includes the following local government councils: Shire of Coolgardie, Shire of Dundas, Shire of Esperance, Shire of Ravensthorpe, Shire of Yilgarn, as well as a large part of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The district includes the towns of Bodallin, Boulder, Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Eucla, Kambalda, Marvel Loch, Ravensthorpe and Southern Cross.
Politically, the district appears to be a safe Liberal seat. Based on the results of the 2005 state election, the newly drawn electorate was created with a Liberal Party majority of 64.9% to 34.1% versus the Labor Party, according to one analysis.
Eyre was first created for the 1950 election and abolished ahead of the 1962 election. Labor MP Emil Nulsen, who had previously held the seat of Kanowna, was the district's only member over the period, and was unopposed on two occasions.
Eyre was again created for the 1989 election and abolished ahead of the 2005 state election. The district ultimately included the Shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies and Yilgarn, as well as the Boulder district and non-metropolitan components of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It was held at all times by the Labor Party, and historically, only Southern Cross returned a consistent majority for the Liberal Party. The district was largely replaced by Murchison-Eyre.
An electorate named Eyre was created for a third time, on this occasion for the 2008 election. The new district was drawn from parts of Murchison-Eyre and Roe – both of which were abolished – as well as a small part of Kalgoorlie. Eyre is centred further south and west than its previous incarnations, incorporating large parts of the former Roe district – which was always a non-Labor seat – in particular, the towns of Esperance and Ravensthorpe. For this reason, the new seat of Eyre is much less favourable to Labor than its predecessors. The new district's first and current member is Liberal MP Graham Jacobs, who was previously the member for Roe.
Members for Eyre
|First incarnation (1950–1962)|
|Second incarnation (1989–2005)|
|Third incarnation (2008–present)|
|Western Australian state election, 2013: Eyre|
|WA Nationals||Colin De Grussa||5,258||36.8||+9.9|
|Total formal votes||14,291||94.6||–0.3|
|WA Nationals||Colin De Grussa||7,078||49.6||+3.0|
- Antony Green. "2008 Election Profile: Eyre". ABC.
- "Map of Eyre (2008-)". boundarieswa.com.
- "Map of Eyre (1996-2005)". boundarieswa.com.