Electoral district of Kawana

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Kawana
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
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Kawana (2008—)
State Queensland
Dates current 2001–present
MP Jarrod Bleijie
Party Liberal National
Namesake Kawana Waters
Electors 35,339 (2015)
Area 74 km2 (28.6 sq mi)
Coordinates 26°44′S 153°5′E / 26.733°S 153.083°E / -26.733; 153.083Coordinates: 26°44′S 153°5′E / 26.733°S 153.083°E / -26.733; 153.083

Kawana is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. Based on the Sunshine Coast, the district has been held by both sides of politics over its short history.

Geography[edit]

A coastal urban electorate lying to the east of the Bruce Highway, Kawana includes the suburbs of Kawana Waters, Sippy Downs, Minyama, Buddina, Parrearra, Warana, Bokarina and Birtinya. It also includes Aroona, Little Mountain, Wurtulla and parts of Currimundi and Caloundra West, all of which were added to the district at the redistribution ahead of the 2009 state election.

Originally the district stretched further north and west to include the suburbs of Buderim, Mountain Creek and Tanawha. However, these parts were redistributed into the new district of Buderim by the aforementioned redistribution.[1]

History[edit]

First created for the 2001 state election, Kawana essentially replaced the abolished district of Mooloolah. The sitting member for Mooloolah, Bruce Laming of the Liberal Party, contested the seat, but was defeated by Chris Cummins of the Labor Party, who subsequently retained the seat at the 2004 state election. Cummins became a minister in the government of Peter Beattie before losing his seat to Liberal Party candidate Steve Dickson at the 2006 state election. Dickson transferred to the new seat of Buderim at the 2009 state election and was succeeded by Liberal National candidate Jarrod Bleijie.

Members for Kawana[edit]

Member Party Term
  Chris Cummins Labor 2001–2006
  Steve Dickson Liberal 2006–2008
  Liberal National 2008–2009
  Jarrod Bleijie Liberal National 2009–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2012: Kawana[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Jarrod Bleijie 19,132 66.84 +14.57
Labor Bruce Garner 5,114 17.87 -19.87
Greens Gabrielle Roberts 2,384 8.33 -1.66
Katter's Australian Paul Spencer 1,994 6.97 +6.97
Total formal votes 28,624 97.82 -0.05
Informal votes 637 2.18 +0.05
Turnout 29,261 90.62 -0.83
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Jarrod Bleijie 20,111 76.26 +19.33
Labor Bruce Garner 6,261 23.74 -19.33
Liberal National hold Swing +19.33

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