Electoral district of Eyre

Eyre was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia. It was in existence for three separate periods (1950 to 1962, 1989 to 2005, and 2008 to 2017), on each occasion covering large portions of south-eastern Western Australia. Eyre was a safe seat for the Labor Party in its first two incarnations, but during its third incarnation was a marginal seat between the Liberal Party and the National Party.

Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1950–1962; 1989–2005; 2008–2017
NamesakeEdward John Eyre
Area292,240 km2 (112,834.5 sq mi)
DemographicMining and Pastoral


Eyre was first created for the 1950 election, mostly replacing Kanowna, and abolished ahead of the 1962 election. Labor MP Emil Nulsen, the former member for Kanowna, was the district's only member over the period, and was unopposed on two occasions.

Eyre was again created for the 1989 election, mostly as a replacement for Esperance-Dundas. It was abolished ahead of the 2005 state election. The district ultimately included the Shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies and Yilgarn, as well as the Boulder district and non-metropolitan components of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. This incarnation of Eyre was held at all times by the Labor Party, and historically, only Southern Cross returned a consistent majority for the Liberal Party. The district was largely replaced by Murchison-Eyre.

An electorate named Eyre was created for a third time, on this occasion for the 2008 election. The new district was drawn from parts of Murchison-Eyre and Roe – both of which were abolished – as well as a small part of Kalgoorlie. Eyre is centred further south and west than its previous incarnations, incorporating large parts of the former seat of Roe – in particular, the towns of Esperance and Ravensthorpe. Roe had always been a non-Labor seat; indeed, Labor was frequently pushed into third place in that seat. For this reason, the new seat of Eyre was much less favourable to Labor than its predecessors. The new member was Liberal MP Graham Jacobs, who was previously the member for Roe. He held the seat until it was abolished in a redistribution prior to the 2017 state election, which also saw Roe re-created.

Members for EyreEdit

First incarnation (1950–1962)
Member Party Term
  Emil Nulsen Labor 1950–1962
Second incarnation (1989–2005)
Member Party Term
  Julian Grill Labor 1989–2001
  John Bowler Labor 2001–2005
Third incarnation (2008–2017)
  Graham Jacobs Liberal 2008–2017

Election resultsEdit

2013 Western Australian state election: Eyre
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Graham Jacobs 5,870 41.1 –4.8
National Colin de Grussa 5,258 36.8 +9.9
Labor Greg Smith 2,082 14.6 –4.7
Greens Giorgia Johnson 715 5.0 –2.2
Christians Brett Hilton 366 2.6 +2.6
Total formal votes 14,291 94.6 –0.3
Informal votes 816 5.4 +0.3
Turnout 15,107 87.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Graham Jacobs 10,474 73.3 +4.0
Labor Greg Smith 3,817 26.7 –4.0
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Graham Jacobs 7,203 50.4 –3.0
National Colin de Grussa 7,078 49.6 +3.0
Liberal hold Swing –3.0


External linksEdit

  • Antony Green. "2008 Election Profile: Eyre". ABC.
  • "Map of Eyre (2008–)". boundarieswa.com.[permanent dead link]
  • "Map of Eyre (1996–2005)". boundarieswa.com.[permanent dead link]