Electoral district of Wollondilly

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1904–1981
MP Jai Rowell
Party Liberal Party of Australia
Area 3,327.48 km2 (1,284.7 sq mi)

Wollondilly is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is currently held by Jai Rowell of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Wollondilly was first established in 1904, partly replacing Bowral. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it absorbed Wollongong and Allowrie and elected three members simultaneously. In 1927, it was split into the single-member electorates of Wollondilly, Wollongong and Illawarra. It was abolished in 1981, but was recreated for the 2007 election, partly replacing Southern Highlands.[1]

Wollondilly is one of four other electorates in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly to have been held by two Premiers of New South Wales while in office. Both Premiers Tom Lewis and George Fuller held Wollondilly while in office, the other three electorates being Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai and Maroubra

Wollondilly was recreated for the 2007 state election, covering areas previously belonging to the districts of Campbelltown, Camden and Southern Highlands, the last of which was abolished.[2] It encompassed all of Wollondilly Shire (including Picton, Tahmoor, Bargo, Yanderra, Thirlmere, Buxton, Wilton, Appin, Douglas Park, Menangle, Cawdor, The Oaks, Oakdale, Warragamba and Silverdale) and part of the City of Campbelltown (including Ambarvale, Glen Alpine, some of Bradbury, St Helens Park, Rosemeadow, Gilead, Wedderburn and Menangle Park).[3]

The next redistribution prior to the 2015 state election saw Wollondilly undergo a southward expansion. It gained the towns of Hill Top, Balmoral, Yerrinbool, Colo Vale, Willow Vale, Mittagong and Bowral from the district of Goulburn. At the same time Wollondilly ceded several suburbs at its northern end, losing Ambarvale, Glen Alpine, Bradbury, St Helens Park, Rosemeadow, Gilead, Wedderburn and Menangle Park to the district of Campbelltown and Camden Park to the district of Camden..[4]

Members for Wollondilly[edit]

First Incarnation (1904––1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  William McCourt Liberal Reform 1904–1913
  Frank Badgery Liberal Reform 1913–1915
  (Sir) George Fuller Liberal Reform 1915–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1920
(1920–1927, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Sir George Fuller Nationalist 1920–1927   Billy Davies Labor 1920–1927   John Cleary Labor 1920–1922
  Mark Morton Nationalist 1922–1925
  Andrew Lysaght Labor 1925–1927
(1927–1981, 1 members)
Member Party Term
  George Fuller Nationalist 1927–1928
  Mark Morton Nationalist 1928–1932
  United Australia 1932–1938
  Jeff Bate United Australia 1938–1945
  Liberal 1945–1949
  Blake Pelly Liberal 1950–1957
  Tom Lewis Liberal 1957–1978
  Bill Knott Labor 1978–1981
(2007–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Phil Costa Labor 2007–2011
  Jai Rowell Liberal 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Wollondilly[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jai Rowell 27,345 58.0 +2.1
Labor Ciaran O'Brien 11,429 24.2 +5.3
Greens Patrick Darley-Jones 3,957 8.4 +1.1
Independent Lynette Styles 1,821 3.9 +3.9
Christian Democrats Susan Pinsuti 1,559 3.3 −0.2
No Land Tax Maria Foia 1,073 2.3 +2.3
Total formal votes 47,184 96.2 +0.5
Informal votes 1,844 3.8 −0.5
Turnout 49,028 92.9 −0.2
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jai Rowell 28,795 67.3 −4.3
Labor Ciaran O'Brien 13,994 32.7 +4.3
Liberal hold Swing −4.3