Electoral district of Pittwater

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district pittwater 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1973–present
MPRob Stokes
PartyLiberal Party
Electors55,914 (2017)
Area190.16 km2 (73.4 sq mi)
Electorates around Pittwater:
Hornsby Gosford Terrigal
Hornsby Pittwater Pacific Ocean
Ku-ring-gai Davidson Wakehurst

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 a part of the local government area of Northern Beaches Council—mostly the portion that was once Pittwater 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. 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.

The seat reverted to form at the 2007 general election, with new Liberal candidate Rob Stokes comfortably regaining the seat for his party with 61% of the two-party vote to McTaggart's 39%. Stokes actually won just over 50% of the primary vote, just a few thousand votes over the threshold to win the seat without the need for preferences. Stokes won every booth in the district with the exception of Scotland Island, whose few hundred offshore voters traditionally buck the trend. Stokes has held the seat without serious difficulty since then.

While Labor frequently runs dead in northern Sydney, Pittwatter is very unfriendly territory for Labor even by northern Sydney standards. Labor has only come reasonably close to winning the seat once, when it scored a 14-point swing in the "Wranslide" election of 1978. However, in recent years, Labor has been lucky to tally 20 percent of the primary vote, and has even been pushed into third place on some occasions.

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, 2015: Pittwater[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rob Stokes 32,761 67.8 −4.2
Greens Felicity Davis 7,780 16.1 −0.7
Labor Kieren Ash 6,167 12.8 +3.8
Christian Democrats Zoran Curcic 886 1.8 −0.4
No Land Tax Rebecca Arduca 751 1.6 +1.6
Total formal votes 48,345 97.6 +0.3
Informal votes 1,202 2.4 −0.3
Turnout 49,547 91.3 +2.1
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Rob Stokes 34,015 77.9 −6.6
Labor Kieren Ash 9,653 22.1 +6.6
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Rob Stokes 33,706 75.7 −2.3
Greens Felicity Davis 10,847 24.4 +2.3
Liberal hold Swing −2.3


External links[edit]

  • "Pittwater". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-09-27.