Electoral district of Pittwater

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district pittwater 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Dates current 1973–present
MP Rob Stokes
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 current Member of Parliament for Pittwater is Rob Stokes of the Liberal Party of Australia. He was elected at the 2007 state election and re-elected in 2011.


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.

Current member[edit]

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[edit]

Member Party Period
  Sir Robert Askin Liberal 1973–1975
  Bruce Webster Liberal 1975–1978
  Max Smith Liberal 1978–1984
  Independent 1984–1986
  Jim Longley Liberal 1986–1996
  John Brogden Liberal 1996–2005
  Alex McTaggart Independent 2005–2007
  Rob Stokes Liberal 2007–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Pittwater[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rob Stokes 32,225 72.0 +21.7
Greens Jonathan King 7,536 16.8 +7.1
Labor Pat Boydell 4,023 9.0 +1.6
Christian Democrats Mark McFarlane 986 2.2 -1.1
Total formal votes 44,770 97.7 -0.1
Informal votes 1,048 2.3 +0.1
Turnout 45,818 92.8
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Rob Stokes 33,180 78.0 +18.6
Greens Jonathan King 9,366 22.0 +22.0
Liberal hold Swing +18.6


  1. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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