Electoral district of Central Wheatbelt

Central Wheatbelt is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

Central Wheatbelt
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Central Wheatbelt (dark green) in Western Australia
StateWestern Australia
Dates current2008–present
MPMia Davies
PartyNationals
NamesakeWheatbelt region
Electors25,458 (2019)
Area101,240 km2 (39,089.0 sq mi)
DemographicAgricultural

As the name suggests, the district is centrally located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

Politically, Central Wheatbelt is a safe National Party seat.

HistoryEdit

Central Wheatbelt was first created for the 2008 state election. It was essentially an amalgamation of the abolished National-held districts of Avon and Merredin, although parts of each ended up in neighbouring districts. Roughly half the new district's voters came from each of the two former districts.

The original proposal had the newly created district persisting with the name Merredin.[1] However, this was the focus of several objections, as Merredin is but one town in the eastern part of this sizeable electorate.[2] Instead, the more generic name of Central Wheatbelt was adopted.

GeographyEdit

Central Wheatbelt incorporates a number of rural inland shires to the east of Perth. Its population centres include Ballidu, Beacon, Beverley, Meckering, Merredin, Narembeen, Northam, Westonia, Wongan Hills, Wundowie, Wyalkatchem and York.

Members for Central WheatbeltEdit

Member Party Term
  Brendon Grylls National 2008–2013
  Mia Davies National 2013–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Western Australian state election: Central Wheatbelt[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Mia Davies 10,489 47.1 +2.6
Labor Gary Templeman 4,297 19.3 +2.3
One Nation Shaun Reid 2,571 11.5 +11.5
Liberal Bill Crabtree 2,496 11.2 −20.0
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers Diff Reynders 1,158 5.2 +5.2
Greens Audrey Foote 684 3.1 −0.4
Christians Dennis Pease 448 2.0 +0.3
Independent Estelle Gom 150 0.7 +0.7
Total formal votes 22,293 95.9 +1.2
Informal votes 954 4.1 −1.2
Turnout 23,247 88.3 −1.9
Two-party-preferred result
National Mia Davies 16,166 72.6 +13.6
Labor Gary Templeman 6,111 27.4 +27.4
National hold Swing +13.6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2007 Redistribution: Proposed Boundaries". boundarieswa.com. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008.
  2. ^ "2007 Redistribution: Written Objections". boundarieswa.com. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008.
  3. ^ Central Wheatbelt District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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