Electoral district of Pittwater
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
Location within Sydney
|State||New South Wales|
|Party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Area||190.16 km2 (73.4 sq mi)|
Pittwater is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. Located in Sydney's north-east, it is 175.32 km² in size, and comprises the local government area of Pittwater Council and parts of Warringah Council. There are approximately 43,000 registered voters.
It is named after Pittwater, a body of water the district roughly surrounds.
It includes the suburbs or localities of Avalon, Bayview, Bilgola, Church Point, Cottage Point, Duffys Forest, Elanora Heights, Ingleside, Ku-ring-gai Chase, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Newport, North Narrabeen, Palm Beach, Scotland Island, Terrey Hills, and Warriewood.
The electoral district of Pittwater was created in 1973. Located in the traditional Liberal stronghold of Sydney's Northern Beaches, for most of its existence it has been a comfortably safe Liberal seat. Its first member was Sir Robert William Askin, then Premier of New South Wales. It had been created out of a large chunk of Askin's old seat of Collaroy, and was thus a natural place for Askin to transfer when the seat was abolished.
The seat was famously held by New South Wales Opposition Leader John Brogden until his dramatic resignation in 2005. The Liberal stranglehold on the seat was lost in the resulting by-election when the Mayor of Pittwater Council, Alex McTaggart, standing as an Independent candidate, defeated the Liberal Paul Nicolau in a landslide.
Alex McTaggart lost the seat in the 2007 general election, with new Liberal candidate Rob Stokes comfortably regaining the seat for his party. Stokes won on the primary vote alone, gaining just over 50%. After preferences, his share was 61% to McTaggart's 39%. Stokes won every booth in the district with the exception of Scotland Island, whose few hundred offshore voters traditionally buck the trend.
Members for Pittwater
|Sir Robert Askin||Liberal||1973–1975|
|New South Wales state election, 2011: Pittwater|
|Christian Democrats||Mark McFarlane||986||2.2||-1.1|
|Total formal votes||44,770||97.7||-0.1|
- Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 December 2011.