Electoral district of Wollongong

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1904–1920
MP Vacant
Party Vacant
Area 79.25 km2 (30.6 sq mi)

Wollongong is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Noreen Hay of the Australian Labor Party. Since a redistribution in 2013,[1] it has covered an area of 79.25 square kilometres and includes the localities of Berkeley, Coachwood Park, Coniston, Cordeaux Heights, Corrimal, Cringila, Fairy Meadow, Farmborough Chase, Farmborough Heights, Figtree, Gwynneville, Kembla Grange, Kembla Heights, Kemblawarra, Lake Heights, Lindsay Heights, Mangerton, Mount Kembla, Mount Saint Thomas, North Wollongong, Port Kembla, Primbee, Spring Hill, Towradgi, Unanderra, Warrawong, West Wollongong, Windang, Wollongong.[2]

In August 2016, Noreen Hay resigned from the NSW Legislative Assembly triggering a third by-election for the Electoral district of Wollongong. The other two NSW Legislative Assembly seats being the Electoral district of Canterbury and the Electoral district of Orange.[3][4]


Wollongong was created in 1904,[5] replacing parts of Woronora and Kiama. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into Wollondilly, along with Allowrie. In 1927, with the abolition of proportional representation, it was recreated, along with a new Illawarra electorate. In 1930, it was replaced by Bulli. In 1941, a new electorate of Wollongong-Kembla was created. This was split into Wollongong and Kembla in 1968.

Wollongong has rarely been won by the center-right wing Liberal party and in recent decades has become one of Labor's safest seats.

Members for Wollongong[edit]

First incarnation (1904—1920)
Member Party Term
  John Nicholson Labour 1904–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1917
  Billy Davies Labor 1917–1920
Second incarnation (1927—1930)
Member Party Term
  Billy Davies Labor 1927–1930
Third incarnation (1968—present)
Member Party Term
  Jack Hough Liberal 1968–1971
  Eric Ramsay Labor 1971–1984
  Frank Arkell Independent 1984–1991
  Gerry Sullivan Labor 1991–1999
  Col Markham Labor 1999–2003
  Noreen Hay Labor 2003–2016

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Wollongong[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Noreen Hay 20,071 40.4 +3.6
Liberal Cameron Walters 10,465 21.0 −0.1
Independent Arthur Rorris 10,162 20.4 +20.4
Greens Mitchell Bresser 4,747 9.5 −0.2
No Land Tax Noreen Colonelli 2,197 4.4 +4.4
Christian Democrats Clarrie Pratt 1,463 2.9 +0.4
Cyclists Phil Latz 613 1.2 +1.2
Total formal votes 49,718 95.9 +0.2
Informal votes 2,123 4.1 −0.2
Turnout 51,841 89.1 −1.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Noreen Hay 24,326 63.4 +4.2
Liberal Cameron Walters 14,019 36.6 −4.2
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Noreen Hay 22,293 58.9 +4.3
Independent Arthur Rorris 15,556 41.1 +41.1
Labor hold Swing +4.3


  1. ^ "2013 Redistribution process". 2013 NSW Electoral Boundaries Redistribution. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wollongong". NSW Electoral Commission. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "New Electorate Boundaries". Illawarra Mercury. 27 April 1904. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  6. ^ State Electoral District of Wollongong: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  7. ^ State Electoral District of Wollongong: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.

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