Electoral district of Little Para

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Little Para
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Little Para highlighted
Electoral district of Little Para (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 2006
MP Lee Odenwalder
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake Little Para River
Electors 25,481 (2014)
Area 65.3 km2 (25.2 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°44′34″S 138°42′43″E / 34.74278°S 138.71194°E / -34.74278; 138.71194Coordinates: 34°44′34″S 138°42′43″E / 34.74278°S 138.71194°E / -34.74278; 138.71194

Little Para is an electorate for the South Australian Legislative Assembly in the north of the Adelaide metropolitan area in South Australia, covering the suburbs of Elizabeth, Elizabeth Grove, Elizabeth North, Elizabeth East, Elizabeth Park, Elizabeth South, Elizabeth Vale, Gould Creek, Hillbank, Salisbury Heights and Salisbury Park, and parts of Craigmore, Golden Grove and Greenwith.

The name Little Para comes from the river that is located 20 km north of Adelaide, South Australia which passes through a number of suburbs within the electorate. The Little Para River was discovered by B.T. Finniss in 1837. Para is an Aboriginal term for 'a stream of water.'

Renamed Little Para at the 2006 state election, the electorate was formerly called Elizabeth after Queen Elizabeth II and was originally drawn around the City of Elizabeth (now part of the City of Playford). The 1998 and 2002 redistributions made considerable changes, moving the focus further east. The seat covers an area of approximately 65.3 km².

Little Para is mostly working class, with some middle class suburbs on its eastern edges. All but the western end on the plains is in the foothills of the Adelaide Hills.

Members for Little Para[edit]

Member Party Term
  Lea Stevens Labor 2006–2010
  Lee Odenwalder Labor 2010–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Little Para[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Lee Odenwalder 10,300 47.0 −4.2
Liberal Damien Pilkington 7,201 32.9 +2.9
Family First Lloyd Rowlands 1,997 9.1 −1.8
Greens Samantha Blake 1,459 6.7 −0.3
Dignity for Disability Scott Whelan 954 4.4 +4.4
Total formal votes 21,911 95.6 −0.9
Informal votes 997 4.4 +0.9
Turnout 22,908 89.9 −2.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Lee Odenwalder 12,573 57.4 −3.9
Liberal Damien Pilkington 9,338 42.6 +3.9
Labor hold Swing −3.9