Electoral district of Goyder

Goyder was an electoral district of the South Australian House of Assembly. It was a 9,258 km² rural electorate located on the Yorke Peninsula and taking in the towns of Ardrossan, Bute, Edithburgh, Kadina, Maitland, Minlaton, Moonta, Port Wakefield, Wallaroo and Yorketown. The electorate was named after George Goyder, a former state Surveyor-General famous for developing Goyder's Line, which indicated the area of the state that had enough rainfall to be suitable for agriculture.

South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of South Australia with 2014 boundaries of Goyder highlighted
2014 extent of the electoral district of Goyder (green) in South Australia
StateSouth Australia
NamesakeGeorge Goyder
Electors24,777 (2014)
Area9,258 km2 (3,574.5 sq mi)
Coordinates34°34′59″S 137°45′47″E / 34.58306°S 137.76306°E / -34.58306; 137.76306Coordinates: 34°34′59″S 137°45′47″E / 34.58306°S 137.76306°E / -34.58306; 137.76306

From the 2018 election, Goyder was renamed Narungga.


The abolished seat of Yorke Peninsula formed part of the newly created seat of Goyder at the 1970 election. Goyder has been in non-Labor hands for the entire time from its creation at the electoral redistribution of 1969 until it was abolished in 2018. Much of the seat's territory had been represented by non-Labor MPs without interruption since the change to single-member seats in 1938.

However, Goyder had a surprisingly turbulent history. It won by James Ferguson at the 1970 election for the conservative Liberal and Country League, but was won by former LCL leader Steele Hall for the breakaway Liberal Movement at the 1973 election. Hall resigned in 1974 to run for the Australian Senate at the 1974 federal election, and his seat was successfully held for the Liberal Movement by David Boundy at a 1974 by-election. In 1976, the Liberal Movement merged back into the Liberal Party (the Liberal and Country League having changed its name to that of the federal party after the initial split), and Boundy was given Liberal endorsement to recontest the seat at the 1977 election, defeating challenger Keith Russack for preselection. However, Russack subsequently contested and won the election as an independent Liberal, and was later accepted back into the party. He was succeeded by John Meier at the 1982 election, who subsequently held the seat comfortably for 24 years. Meier retired at the 2006 election and successor candidate Steven Griffiths held the seat on equally comfortable margins.

Members for GoyderEdit

Member Party Term
  James Ferguson Liberal and Country 1970–1973
  Steele Hall Liberal Movement 1973–1974
  David Boundy Liberal Movement 1974–1976
  Liberal 1976–1977
  Keith Russack Independent Liberal 1977
  Liberal 1977–1982
  John Meier Liberal 1982–2006
  Steven Griffiths Liberal 2006–2018

Election resultsEdit

2014 South Australian state election: Goyder[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Steven Griffiths 11,968 53.7 −4.5
Labor Elyse Ramsay 6,394 28.7 +1.6
Family First John Bennett 1,633 7.3 +0.1
Independent Bob Nicholls 1,126 5.1 +5.1
Greens Graham Smith 744 3.3 −1.8
National Kim McWaters 416 1.9 +1.9
Total formal votes 22,281 96.2 +0.2
Informal votes 878 3.8 −0.2
Turnout 23,159 93.5 −0.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Steven Griffiths 14,022 62.9 −2.8
Labor Elyse Ramsay 8,259 37.1 +2.8
Liberal hold Swing −2.8