Electoral district of Wollondilly

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Location in New South Wales

Wollondilly is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is currently held by Jai Rowell of the Liberal Party of Australia.

The 2004 redistribution of electoral districts estimated that the electoral district would have 47,409 electors on 29 April 2007.[1] It encompasses all of Wollondilly Shire (including Picton, Tahmoor, Bargo, Yanderra, Thirlmere, Buxton, Wilton, Appin, Douglas Park, Menangle, Cawdor, The Oaks, Oakdale, Warragamba and Silverdale) and part of the City of Campbelltown (including Ambarvale, Glen Alpine, some of Bradbury, St Helens Park, Rosemeadow, Gilead, Wedderburn and Menangle Park).[2]


Crossing the Wollondilly River circa 1900

Wollondilly was first established in 1904, partly replacing Bowral. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it absorbed Wollongong and Allowrie and elected three members simultaneously. In 1927, it was split into the single-member electorates of Wollondilly, Wollongong and Illawarra. It was abolished in 1981, but was recreated for the 2007 election, partly replacing Southern Highlands.[3]

Wollondilly was is one of three other electorates in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly to have been held by two Premiers of New South Wales while in office. Both Premiers Tom Lewis and George Fuller held Wollondilly while in office, the other two electorates being Ku-ring-gai and Maroubra

Members for Wollondilly[edit]

First Incarnation (1904––1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  William McCourt Liberal Reform 1904–1913
  Frank Badgery Liberal Reform 1913–1915
  (Sir) George Fuller Liberal Reform 1915–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1920
(1920–1927, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Sir George Fuller Nationalist 1920–1927   Billy Davies Labor 1920–1927   John Cleary Labor 1920–1922
  Mark Morton Nationalist 1922–1925
  Andrew Lysaght Labor 1925–1927
(1927–1981, 1 members)
Member Party Term
  George Fuller Nationalist 1927–1928
  Mark Morton Nationalist 1928–1932
  United Australia 1932–1938
  Jeff Bate United Australia 1938–1945
  Liberal 1945–1949
  Blake Pelly Liberal 1950–1957
  Tom Lewis Liberal 1957–1978
  Bill Knott Labor 1978–1981
(2007–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Phil Costa Labor 2007–2011
  Jai Rowell Liberal 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Wollondilly[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jai Rowell 22,632 49.9 +10.6
Labor Phil Costa 11,558 25.5 -18.8
Independent Judy Hannan 4,971 11.0 +11.0
Greens Jess Di Blasio 2,432 5.4 -1.6
Outdoor Recreation Clinton Mead 2,104 4.6 +4.6
Christian Democrats Chris Dalton 1,669 3.7 +3.7
Total formal votes 45,366 95.4 -1.0
Informal votes 2,183 4.6 +1.0
Turnout 47,549 94.5
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jai Rowell 24,861 64.7 +18.0
Labor Phil Costa 13,559 35.3 -18.0
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +18.0


  1. ^ "Redistribution Commissioners' Report". Election Funding Authority of New South Wales. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Wollondilly". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Former Members". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  4. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 December 2011.