Electoral district of Wollongong

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Wollongong.png
Location in the Illawarra region
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1904–1920
MPPaul Scully
PartyLabor Party
Electors60,829 (2019)
Area79.25 km2 (30.6 sq mi)
Electorates around Wollongong:
Keira Keira Pacific Ocean
Shellharbour Wollongong Pacific Ocean
Shellharbour Shellharbour Pacific Ocean

Wollongong is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Paul Scully of the Labor Party.[1] Since a redistribution in 2013,[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5]


Wollongong was created in 1904,[6] 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 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
  Paul Scully Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

2019 New South Wales state election: Wollongong[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Paul Scully 25,776 50.11 +9.74
Liberal Zachary Fitzpatrick 11,427 22.22 +1.17
Greens Benjamin Arcioni 6,583 12.80 +3.25
Independent Nikola Nastoski 2,830 5.50 +5.50
Sustainable Australia Andrew Anthony 2,242 4.36 +4.36
Animal Justice Benjamin Bank 1,541 3.00 +3.00
Keep Sydney Open James Hehir 1,036 2.01 +2.01
Total formal votes 51,435 95.54 −0.36
Informal votes 2,400 4.46 +0.36
Turnout 53,835 88.50 −0.59
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Paul Scully 31,357 71.37 +12.47
Liberal Zachary Fitzpatrick 12,580 28.63 −12.47
Labor hold Swing +12.47


  1. ^ Pearson, Andrew (12 November 2016). "Labor's Paul Scully claims Wollongong byelection win". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ "2013 Redistribution process". 2013 NSW Electoral Boundaries Redistribution. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Wollongong". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  4. ^ McIlwain, Kate (2 August 2016). "Independents line up as Noreen Hay resigns". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Noreen Hay to resign after 13 years in NSW Parliament". ABC News. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  6. ^ "New Electorate Boundaries". Illawarra Mercury. 27 April 1904. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Wollongong: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Wollongong: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.