Electoral district of Gosford

Gosford is an electoral district of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in Australia. The electorate covers the western parts of the City of Gosford, including central Gosford and Woy Woy.[1]

Gosford
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Gosford.png
Location in Central Coast region
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1950–present
MPLiesl Tesch
PartyLabor
Electors56,435 (2019)
Area867.15 km2 (334.8 sq mi)
Electorates around Gosford:
Hawkesbury Cessnock Wyong
Hawkesbury Gosford Terrigal
The Entrance
Hawkesbury Hornsby Pittwater

It is represented by Liesl Tesch of the Labor Party, elected at the 2017 by-election.

The electorate was created in 1950. At the redistribution prior to the 2007 election much of the district of Gosford, then held by Chris Hartcher for the Liberal Party, became part of the district of Terrigal while Gosford absorbed most of the former district of Peats, then held by Marie Andrews for the Labor Party. Antony Green describes the redistribution as effectively being that Gosford was renamed Terrigal while Peats was renamed Gosford.[2]

DemographicsEdit

The percentage of people in Gosford who were born overseas was 15% which is slightly lower than the national average at 22.2% and the percentage of people who have Australian citizenship is only slightly higher than the national average of 86.1% at 88.4%. As for languages spoken at home English only was the most common language spoken by 90.4% of the population which is substantially higher than national average at 78.5%. Italian was second with 0.4%, while no other language was spoken by more than 0.3% of the total population. Anglicanism was the most common religion at 28.2%, followed by Catholicism at 26.6%, No Religion with 14.9% and Uniting Church at 5.6%. Median incomes for the population aged 15 years and over was only slightly lower in both weekly individual income and weekly household income but slightly higher in the weekly family income category.[3]

Members for GosfordEdit

Member Party Period
  Harold Jackson[4] Liberal 1950–1965
  Ted Humphries[5] Liberal 1965–1971
  Keith O'Connell[6] Labor 1971–1973
  Malcolm Brooks[7] Liberal 1973–1976
  Brian McGowan[8] Labor 1976–1988
  Chris Hartcher[9] Liberal 1988–2007
  Marie Andrews[10] Labor 2007–2011
  Chris Holstein[11] Liberal 2011–2015
  Kathy Smith Labor 2015–2017
  Liesl Tesch[12] Labor 2017–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 New South Wales state election: Gosford [13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Liesl Tesch 21,505 44.22 +5.56
Liberal Susan Dengate 17,529 36.04 −6.51
Greens Hillary Morris 4,405 9.06 +0.05
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers Larry Freeman 2,307 4.74 +4.74
Animal Justice Patrick Murphy 1,678 3.45 +3.45
Sustainable Australia Judy Singer 1,213 2.49 +2.49
Total formal votes 48,637 96.45 −0.39
Informal votes 1,788 3.55 +0.39
Turnout 50,425 89.35 −1.26
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Liesl Tesch 25,048 57.27 +7.04
Liberal Susan Dengate 18,691 42.73 −7.04
Labor hold Swing +7.04

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gosford". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Terrigal- NSW Electorate, Candidates, Results". NSW Votes 2019. ABC News. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  3. ^ "2006 Census QuickStats : Gosford (State Electoral Division)". Censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Mr Harold Ernest Jackson (1902-1980)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr Edward Harris Humphries (1914–1994)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Mr Keith O'Connell (1923-2006)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Mr Malcolm Harold Brooks (1930- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Mr Brian McGowan (1935-1994 )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Mr (Chris) Christopher Peter Hartcher (1946- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Ms Marie Therese Andrews (1940- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Mr Christopher David Holstein (1958- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Ms Liesl Dorothy Tesch, AM". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Gosford: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Gosford: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.