Electoral district of North West Central
|North West Central
Western Australia—Legislative Assembly
|Namesake||North west region of Western Australia|
|Area||409,083 km2 (157,947.8 sq mi)|
|Demographic||Mining and Pastoral|
The district is mostly based in the rural north-west of Western Australia. It is a marginal seat.
First known as North West Coastal, the district was first created for the 2005 state election, incorporating territory from the abolished districts of Burrup and Ningaloo. The seat was won by Labor MP, and then member for Burrup, Fred Riebeling.
The district was expanded for the 2008 state election, incorporating more inland territory which resulted in the name change to North West. With Riebeling's decision to retire, the contest pitted Labor MP Vince Catania, then a member of the Legislative Council, against Liberal candidate, and former Ningaloo MP, Rod Sweetman, with Catania emerging victorious. On 20 July 2009, Catania announced his decision to leave the Labor Party to join the rival National Party.
The 2013 state election saw the Labor-leaning Shire of Roebourne transferred to the Pilbara while taking more central areas of the state including the shires of Sandstone and Wiluna, increasing National's hold on the seat. The increase in terms of area in the central part of the state saw yet another name change to North West Central
Based in the remote north west of Western Australia, the district includes the towns of Carnarvon, Coral Bay, Cue, Denham, Exmouth, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Onslow, Paraburdoo, Sandstone, Tom Price, Wiluna and Yalgoo.
|North West Coastal (2005–2008)|
|North West (2008–2013)|
|North West Central (2013–present)|
|Western Australian state election, 2013: North West Central|
|WA Nationals||Vince Catania||3,235||44.2||+21.4|
|Total formal votes||7262||94.1||–1.5|
|WA Nationals||Vince Catania||4,334||59.3||+59.7|
|WA Nationals hold||Swing||+59.7|
- "North West Central District Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Antony Green. "2008 Election Profile: North West". ABC.
- "Map of North West (2008–)". boundaries.wa.gov.au.
- Antony Green. "2005 Election Profile: North West Coastal". ABC.
- "Map of North West Coastal (2005–2008)". boundaries.wa.gov.au.