Electoral region of South West

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The electoral region of South West is a multi-member electoral region of the Western Australian Legislative Council the South West, Peel and part of the Great Southern regions of the state. It was created by the Acts Amendment (Electoral Reform) Act 1987, and became effective on 22 May 1989 with seven members who had been elected at the 1989 state election three months earlier. At the 2008 election, it was reduced to six members. The region includes the cities of Albany, Bunbury and Mandurah.


The Region is made up of several complete Legislative Assembly districts, which change at each distribution.

Redistribution Period Electoral districts Electors % of State Area
29 April 1988[1] 22 May 1989 – 22 May 1997

Albany, Bunbury, Collie, Mandurah, Mitchell, Murray, Stirling, Vasse, Warren, Wellington (10)

99,510 10.94% 43,659 km2 (16,857 sq mi)
28 November 1994[2] 22 May 1997 – 22 May 2005

Albany, Bunbury, Collie, Dawesville, Mandurah, Mitchell, Murray-Wellington, Stirling, Vasse, Warren-Blackwood (10)

121,408 11.74% 43,659 km2 (16,857 sq mi)
4 August 2003[3] 22 May 2005 – 22 May 2009

Albany, Bunbury, Capel, Collie-Wellington, Dawesville, Leschenault, Mandurah, Murray, Stirling, Vasse, Warren-Blackwood (11)

152,494 12.55% 37,493 km2 (14,476 sq mi)
29 October 2007[4] 22 May 2009 – 22 May 2017

Albany, Blackwood-Stirling, Bunbury, Collie-Preston, Dawesville, Mandurah, Murray-Wellington, Vasse (8)

167,871 13.33% 41,008 km2 (15,833 sq mi)
27 November 2015[5] 22 May 2017 – 22 May 2021

Albany, Bunbury, Collie-Preston, Dawesville, Mandurah, Murray-Wellington, Vasse, Warren-Blackwood (8)

226,051 14.19% 45,079 km2 (17,405 sq mi)


Distribution of seats[edit]

As 7-member seat:

Election Seats won

As 6-member seat:

Election Seats won


  Greens WA
  One Nation


Since its creation, the electorate has had 17 members. Four of these members had previously been members of the Legislative Council—Beryl Jones (Lower West Province), Bill Stretch (Lower Central Province), Doug Wenn and Barry House (both South West Province).

  Seven member seat Six member seat
Member Party 1989–93 1993–97 1997–01 2001–05 2005–09 2009–13[a] 2013-17[b] 2017–21[c]
Beryl Jones Labor            
Doug Wenn Labor            
Bob Thomas Labor      
John Cowdell Labor      
Matt Benson-Lidholm Labor  
Adele Farina Labor          
Sally Talbot Labor        
Dr Chrissy Sharp Greens    
Paul Llewellyn Greens  
Diane Evers Greens  
Barry House Liberal              
Muriel Patterson Liberal      
Bill Stretch Liberal        
Robyn McSweeney Liberal        
Nigel Hallett[2] Liberal / Shooters & Fishers     ***
Steve Thomas Liberal  
Murray Montgomery National      
Colin Holt National      
Paddy Embry[1] One Nation  
Colin Tincknell One Nation  
a Members serving for the 2009–2013 term were elected in 2008 but do not take their seats in Parliament until 22 May 2009.
b Members serving for the 2013–2017 term took their seats in Parliament on 22 May 2013.
c Members serving 2017–2021 terms start on 22 May 2017
1 Paddy Embry was elected as a One Nation member, but resigned from the party on 15 May 2003 and sat as an independent. He later co-founded the New Country Party, and represented them in the Council towards the end of his term.
2 Nigel Hallett was elected as a Liberal Party member, but resigned from the party on 16 June 2016 and transferred to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.


  1. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947-1985 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 29 April 1988. p. 1988:1339-1527. 
  2. ^ "Electoral Distributions Act 1947 - Division of the State into Six Electoral Regions and 57 Electoral Districts by the Electoral Distribution Commissioners". Western Australia Government Gazette. 28 November 1994. p. 1994:6135-6327. 
  3. ^ "Electoral Distributions Act 1947 - Division of the State into Electoral Regions and Districts by the Electoral Distribution Commissioners". Western Australia Government Gazette. 4 August 2003. p. 2003:3475-3566. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) (29 October 2007). "South West Region Profile". Retrieved 2008-10-22. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) (27 November 2015). "South West Region". Retrieved 2017-04-20.