Electoral district of North West Central

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North West Central
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current 2005–present1
MP Vince Catania
Party National
Namesake North west region of Western Australia
Area 409,083 km2 (157,947.8 sq mi)
Demographic Mining and Pastoral
Footnotes

North West Central is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

The district is mostly based in the rural north-west of Western Australia. It is a marginal seat.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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

Geography[edit]

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.

Members[edit]

North West Coastal (2005–2008)
Member Party Term
  Fred Riebeling Labor 2005–2008
North West (2008–2013)
Member Party Term
  Vince Catania Labor 2008–2009
  National 2009–2013
North West Central (2013–present)
Member Party Term
  Vince Catania National 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2013: North West Central[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
WA Nationals Vince Catania 3,235 44.2 +21.4
Liberal Tami Maitre 2,114 28.9 –0.4
Labor Jennifer Shelton 1,523 20.8 –11.9
Greens Des Pike 364 5.0 –0.9
Christians Andrew Eddison 86 1.2 +1.2
Total formal votes 7262 94.1 –1.5
Informal votes 454 5.9 +1.5
Turnout 7,716 79.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Tami Maitre 4,611 63.5 +10.2
Labor Jennifer Shelton 2,649 36.5 –10.2
Two-candidate-preferred result
WA Nationals Vince Catania 4,334 59.3 +59.7
Liberal Tami Maitre 2,925 40.7 –13.0
WA Nationals hold Swing +59.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/20/2631409.htm
  2. ^ "North West Central District Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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