Electoral district of Gosford

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Gosford is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Chris Holstein of the Liberal Party. The former district of Gosford was renamed Terrigal for the 2007 state election. The nearby seat of Peats was renamed Gosford at the same time.


The percentage of people in Gosford who were born overseas is 15% which is slightly lower than the national average at 22.2% and the percentage of people who have Australian citizenship is only slightly higher than the national average of 86.1% at 88.4%. As for languages spoken at home English only was the most common language spoken by 90.4% of the population which is substantially higher than national average at 78.5%. Italian was second with 0.4%, while no other language was spoken by more than 0.3% of the total population. Anglicanism was the most common religion at 28.2%, followed by Catholicism at 26.6%, No Religion with 14.9% and Uniting Church at 5.6%. Median incomes for the population aged 15 years and over was only slightly lower in both weekly individual income and weekly household income but slightly higher in the weekly family income category.[1]

Members for Gosford[edit]

Member Party Period
  Harold Jackson Liberal 1950–1965
  Ted Humphries Liberal 1965–1971
  Keith O'Connell Labor 1971–1973
  Malcolm Brooks Liberal 1973–1976
  Brian McGowan Labor 1976–1988
  Chris Hartcher Liberal 1988–2007
  Marie Andrews Labor 2007–2011
  Chris Holstein Liberal 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Gosford[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Chris Holstein 22,672 50.2 +15.4
Labor Katie Smith 12,472 27.6 -15.1
Greens Peter Freewater 5,391 11.9 +5.0
Independent Jake Cassar 2,227 4.9 +4.9
Christian Democrats Ann-Marie Kitchener 1,478 3.3 +0.4
Independent Patrick Aiken 935 2.1 +2.1
Total formal votes 45,175 96.6 -0.7
Informal votes 1,573 3.4 +0.7
Turnout 46,748 93.2 +0.2
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Chris Holstein 24,425 61.9 +16.7
Labor Katie Smith 15,052 38.1 -16.7
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +16.7


  1. ^ "2006 Census QuickStats : Gosford (State Electoral Division)". Censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  2. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 

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