Electoral district of Dubbo

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district dubbo 2015.svg
Location in New South Wales
State New South Wales
Dates current 1894–1904
MP Troy Grant
Party National Party of Australia
Area 17,352.89 km2 (6,700.0 sq mi)

Dubbo is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Troy Grant of the National Party of Australia.

Dubbo is a regional electorate covering four local government areas, including all of Dubbo Regional Council, Narromine Shire, and the majority of Mid-Western Regional Council. Its major population centres are Dubbo, Narromine, Wellington and Mudgee.[1]


It was first created in 1894, abolished in 1904, and then recreated in 1930.

Dubbo has been generally conservative leaning throughout its history, with the Country/National and Liberal parties holding it for most of its lifetime. The conservative bent grew even stronger during the 1980s and 1990s, and the seat was widely seen as National Party heartland. This changed in 1999, when Dubbo became one of a number of key National Party seats to fall to rural independents, with the narrow victory of Tony McGrane. He was returned with a much larger majority at the 2003 election, and when he died in 2004, was replaced by another independent, Dawn Fardell, who won the resulting by-election. Fardell was re-elected in 2007 election; only to be comprehensively defeated by the Nationals Troy Grant at the 2011 general election.[2]

The city of Dubbo itself occasionally votes for Labor, and Labor did manage to hold Dubbo for three short stints between the 1930s and 1950s. However, Labor has not held the seat since 1959, and there is no prospect of Labor retaking it in the foreseeable future. Labor did not field a candidate in the 2004 by-election,[3] and achieved 6.5% of the first preference votes at the 2011 general election.[4]

Members for Dubbo[edit]

First incarnation (1894–1904)
Member Party Term
  James Morgan Protectionist 1894–1895
  Simeon Phillips Free Trade 1895–1901
  Liberal Reform 1901–1904
Second incarnation (1930–present)
Member Party Term
  Alfred McClelland Labor 1930–1932
  George Wilson Country 1932–1942
  Clarrie Robertson Labor 1942–1950
  Robert Medcalf Country 1950–1953
  Clarrie Robertson Labor 1953–1959
  Les Ford Liberal 1959–1964
  John Mason Liberal 1965–1981
  Gerry Peacocke National 1981–1999
  Tony McGrane Independent 1999–2004
  Dawn Fardell Independent 2004–2011
  Troy Grant National 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Dubbo[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Troy Grant 28,165 60.5 +0.3
Labor Stephen Lawrence 10,939 23.5 +14.0
Greens Matt Parmeter 2,062 4.4 +0.8
Independent Colin Hamilton 1,960 4.2 +4.2
No Land Tax Ben Shepherd 1,306 2.8 +2.8
Christian Democrats Peter Scherer 1,181 2.5 +2.5
Independent Rod Pryor 973 2.1 +2.1
Total formal votes 46,586 96.7 −0.5
Informal votes 1,578 3.3 +0.5
Turnout 48,164 90.9 +3.4
Two-party-preferred result
National Troy Grant 29,932 70.4 −10.9
Labor Stephen Lawrence 12,571 29.6 +10.9
National hold Swing −10.9


Localities within the electorate of Dubbo include:

Apple Tree Flat, Apsley, Arthurville, Avisford, Bakers Swamp, Ballimore, Bara, Barneys Reef, Ben Buckley, Beni, Benolong, Beryl, Biraganbil, Birriwa, Bocoble, Bodangora, Bombira, Botobolar, Bournewood, Brocklehurst, Buckaroo, Budgee Budgee, Bundemar, Bungaba, Burroway, Burrundulla, Caerleon, Canadian Lead, Carcalgong, Collingwood, Comobella, Cooyal, Cope, Cross Roads, Crudine, Cudgegong, Cullenbone, Cumbandry, Cundumbul, Curra Creek, Dandaloo, Dripstone, Dubbo, Dunedoo, Elong Elong, Erudgere, Eschol, Euchareena, Eumungerie, Eurimbla, Eurunderee, Farnham, Frog Rock, Galambine, Geurie, Gin Gin, Gollan, Goolma, Goonoo Forest, Grattai, Green Gully, Gulgong, Guntawang, Hargraves, Havilah, Hayes Gap, Home Rule, Kains Flat, Kerrs Creek, Linburn, Loombah, Lue, Maitland Bar, Maryvale, Mebul, Medway, Menah, Meroo, Merotherie, Merotherie, Milroy, Minore, Mogriguy, Montefiores, Mookerawa, Mount Aquila, Mount Arthur, Mount Frome, Mount Knowles, Mudgee, Mullamuddy, Mumbil, Nanima, Narromine, Neurea, North Yeoval, Piambong, Ponto, Putta Bucca, Pyramul, Queens Pinch, Rawsonville, Riverlea, Spicers Creek, Spring Flat, St Fillans, Stony Creek, Stuart Town, Stubbo, Suntop, Tallawang, Tambaroora, Terrabella, Terramungamine, Tomingley, Toongi, Trangie, Triamble, Twelve Mile, Two Mile Flat, Two Mile Flat, Ulan, Ulan, Ullamalla, Walmer, Wambangalang, Wellington, Wilbetree, Windeyer, Wongarbon, Worlds End, Wuuluman, Yarrabin, Yarragal, Yarrawonga.[7]


  1. ^ "Dubbo". Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  2. ^ Huntsdale, Justin (26 March 2011). "Nationals win Dubbo in state wide Coalition landslide". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Preferential Count 2007". State Electoral District of Dubbo. Electortal Commission of NSW. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Summary of First Preference Votes Polled for Each Candidate 2011". State Electoral District of Dubbo. Electortal Commission of NSW. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  5. ^ State Electoral District of Dubbo: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  6. ^ State Electoral District of Dubbo: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.
  7. ^ "Dubbo Electoral Commission". Retrieved 6 February 2015. 

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