Division of Greenway

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of GREENWAY 2016.png
Division of Greenway in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMichelle Rowland
PartyAustralia Labor Party
NamesakeFrancis Greenway
Electors104,377 (2016)
Area81 km2 (31.3 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Greenway is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Francis Greenway, an ex-convict who became a prominent architect in colonial Sydney.

The division is located in the west and north-west suburbs of Sydney, traditionally been north and east portions of the Blacktown district. It currently also includes small portions of Holroyd and Parramatta Council areas. Suburbs and towns include Acacia Gardens, Girraween, Glenwood, Kellyville Ridge, Kings Langley, Kings Park, Lalor Park, Parklea, Seven Hills, Stanhope Gardens, and The Ponds; as well as parts of Blacktown, Pendle Hill, Prospect, Quakers Hill, Riverstone, Rouse Hill, Schofields, Toongabbie, and Vineyard.

The current Member for Greenway, since the 2010 federal election, is Michelle Rowland, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


Volunteer-run sausage sizzle fundraiser at Metella Road Public School in Toongabbie at the 2016 election

For most of its history, Greenway was a safe seat for Labor. However, demographic changes in the areas north of Blacktown, specifically Kellyville Ridge, Stanhope Gardens and Glenwood, resulted in a shift away from Labor at the 2001 election. At the 2004 election this trend continued and the seat was won by the Liberal Party following the retirement of the sitting member, Frank Mossfield and an extensive Liberal campaign. Louise Markus, a Pentecostal social worker and member of Hillsong Church, defeated Ed Husic, a former political adviser and a non-practising Muslim, to take the seat by a small margin of 0.6%. A large informal vote of 11.83%, the highest in the 2004 election, contributed to the closeness of this result, the vast majority indicating a first preference for Louise Markus.

A redistribution of the seat ahead of the 2007 federal election resulted in the Hawkesbury area towns, a strongly conservative area, moving to Greenway from the Division of Macquarie, and the loss of traditional Labor-voting areas such as Blacktown, Dean Park, Lalor Park and Seven Hills as well as the Liberal-leaning areas of Kings Langley and Seven Hills North. This boosted the notional Liberal majority to 11.7%, making it on paper a safe Liberal seat. However, at the 2007 federal election, Markus suffered a 6.9% swing, turning Greenway into a marginal Liberal seat.

The seat was redistributed again in 2009, essentially restoring the pre-2007 boundaries and demographics. Under redistribution, most of the Hawkesbury region, including Richmond and Windsor, were shifted back to Macquarie. In return, it regained the Labor voting suburbs of Blacktown, Toongabbie, Seven Hills and Pendle Hill.[1] Following the redistribution, the seat was notionally Labor held on a margin of 5%.[2]

The division is a demographically diverse population that includes the working class suburbs of Blacktown, Seven Hills, Lalor Park and Toongabbie which are Labor leaning, as well as the high income, Liberal leaning suburbs of Kellyville Ridge, Stanhope Gardens, Glenwood, The Ponds and Kings Langley.


Member Party Term
  Russ Gorman Labor 1984–1996
  Frank Mossfield Labor 1996–2004
  Louise Markus Liberal 2004–2010
  Michelle Rowland Labor 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Greenway[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Michelle Rowland 43,722 49.08 +4.60
Liberal Yvonne Keane 30,657 34.41 −5.55
Christian Democrats Aaron Wright 4,484 5.03 +1.27
Greens Chris Winslow 3,351 3.76 +0.11
Liberal Democrats Timothy Mak 2,923 3.28 +3.28
Independent Avtar Singh Billu 1,749 1.96 +1.96
Family First Rohan Salins 1,273 1.43 +1.43
Science Vivek Singha 924 1.04 +1.04
Total formal votes 89,083 92.44 +2.42
Informal votes 7,282 7.56 −2.42
Turnout 96,365 92.32 −0.26
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michelle Rowland 50,163 56.31 +3.33
Liberal Yvonne Keane 38,920 43.69 −3.33
Labor hold Swing +3.33


  1. ^ "Greenway: Proposed boundaries" (PDF map). NSW redistribution. Australian Electoral Commission. 2009.
  2. ^ http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2009/08/federal-redistribution-nsw-draft-electoral-boundaries.html#more
  3. ^ Greenway, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°43′59″S 150°54′47″E / 33.733°S 150.913°E / -33.733; 150.913