Gareth Ward

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Gareth Ward
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Kiama
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded by Matt Brown
Majority 7.5% (2011)
Personal details
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer

Gareth James Ward MP, an Australian politician, is a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Kiama for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2011. Ward was a Councillor on Shoalhaven City Council from 2004 until 2012.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ward was born in the Illawarra region and completed his schooling at Bomaderry High School. He holds degrees in Commerce and Arts from the University of Wollongong.[2] From 2001 to 2006, Ward served on the Council of the Wollongong Undergraduate Students' Association at the University. Ward was involved with the Australian Liberal Students Federation.

Political career[edit]

On 27 March 2004, Ward was elected to the Shoalhaven City Council as an independent Councillor representing the northern parts of Shoalhaven City. He was re-elected on 13 September 2008 and was appointed Deputy Mayor in the same month.[3]

On 12 April 2010, Ward was preselected as the Liberal candidate for Kiama. It was reported that he gained preselection in a 20 to 12 vote against the previous candidate, Ann Sudmalis.[4] At the 2011 state election, Ward was elected with a swing of 12.0 per cent and won the seat with 57.5 per cent of the vote on a two party preferred basis.[5] Ward's main opponent was the incumbent sitting Labor member and former Minister, Matt Brown.


  1. ^ "Mr Gareth James Ward, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gareth Ward". Members. Liberal Party of Australia. 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Clr Gareth Ward". About Councillors. Shoalhaven City Council. Retrieved 23 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Shoalhaven Deputy Mayor contesting state election". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Kiama". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Matt Brown
Member for Kiama