Electoral district of Kalamunda

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Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Kalamunda (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
State Western Australia
Dates current 1974–1989; 2008–present
MP Matthew Hughes
Party Labor
Namesake Kalamunda
Electors 26,906 (2017)
Area 244 km2 (94.2 sq mi)
Demographic East Metropolitan

Kalamunda is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

Politically, the district is a marginal one. Based on the results of the 2005 state election, the seat was created with a Liberal Party majority of 50.2% to 49.8% versus the Labor Party.[1]


Kalamunda was first created for the 1974 election and abolished ahead of the 1989 election.[2] Despite the name, the seat was actually centred on Greenmount in the eastern Hills region, and Kalamunda itself was split between the Kalamunda seat and the neighbouring Darling Range. Despite being within the metropolitan area of Perth, it was regarded as non-metropolitan, and was assigned to the West Province in the Legislative Council. As a result, it had about half the enrolment of the neighbouring seat of Helena. Under the Acts Amendment (Electoral Reform) Act 1987, which reclassified "metropolitan" in the Electoral Act 1907 to include all land within the Metropolitan Region Scheme boundaries and at the same time increased overall metropolitan representation, Kalamunda was merged with Darling Range, and its member, Ian Thompson, won Darling Range on the new boundaries in 1989.

A new seat named Kalamunda was created for the 2008 state election when the number of metropolitan seats was increased in accordance with the new one vote one value legislation. The new district was drawn largely from Darling Range, but also from parts of Kenwick, Midland and Swan Hills.


Kalamunda is based in the eastern suburbs of Perth. Its boundaries cover two distinct areas. The northern area, centred on Kalamunda, includes Gooseberry Hill, Lesmurdie, Paulls Valley, Piesse Brook and Walliston along with tiny sections of Maida Vale and Forrestfield and all populated portions of Bickley and Carmel. A narrow section extends north to include all of Darlington. In the south, it includes much of Canning Mills, Martin and Orange Grove and the major residential portion of Maddington, excluding its commercial and industrial areas.[3]

The earlier incarnation included the districts of Boya, Darlington, Glen Forrest, Gooseberry Hill, Greenmount, Piesse Brook and Paulls Valley, as well as northern sections of the suburb of Kalamunda including its town centre.

Members for Kalamunda[edit]

Kalamunda (1974–1989)
Member Party Term
  Ian Thompson Liberal 1974–1989
Kalamunda (2008–present)
  John Day Liberal 2008–2017
  Matthew Hughes Labor 2017–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2017: Kalamunda[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Day 8,768 37.5 −12.2
Labor Matthew Hughes 8,683 37.1 +13.9
Greens Lee-Anne Miles 3,039 13.0 +3.6
One Nation Ray Gould 1,691 7.2 +7.2
Christians Brady Williams 653 2.8 +0.1
Matheson for WA Murray Bowyer 305 1.3 +1.3
Micro Business Evazelia Colyvas 234 1.0 +1.0
Total formal votes 23,373 96.1 +1.0
Informal votes 939 3.9 −1.0
Turnout 24,312 90.4 −1.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Matthew Hughes 12,268 52.5 +12.7
Liberal John Day 11,100 47.5 −12.7
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +12.7


  1. ^ Antony Green. "2007 Western Australia Redistribution". ABC.
  2. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947-1985 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 29 April 1988. p. 1988:1339-1527.
  3. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (29 October 2007). "Electoral Distribution - Final Boundaries - East Metropolitan - Kalamunda". Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  4. ^ Kalamunda District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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