Electoral district of Kavel

Kavel, created in 1969 and coming into effect in 1970, is a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly. Located to the east of Adelaide, Kavel is based on the town of Mount Barker and includes much of the eastern portion of the Adelaide Hills.

South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of South Australia with electoral district of Kavel highlighted
Electoral district of Kavel (green) in South Australia
StateSouth Australia
MPDan Cregan
NamesakeAugust Kavel
Electors24,139 (2018)
Area326.9 km2 (126.2 sq mi)
Coordinates35°1′10″S 138°58′5″E / 35.01944°S 138.96806°E / -35.01944; 138.96806Coordinates: 35°1′10″S 138°58′5″E / 35.01944°S 138.96806°E / -35.01944; 138.96806
Electorates around Kavel:
Bragg Morialta Hammond
Waite Kavel Hammond
Davenport Heysen Heysen
Electoral District map[1]

Besides Mount Barker, it includes the residential hills suburbs and farming areas of Balhannah, Blakiston, Brukunga, Carey Gully, Charleston, Dawesley, Hahndorf, Hay Valley, Littlehampton, Mount Barker Junction, Mount Barker Springs, Mount Barker Summit, Mount George, Nairne, Oakbank, Paechtown, Piccadilly, Totness, Verdun and Woodside. Amongst others, previously abolished seats include Gumeracha and Mount Barker.

Kavel is named after Lutheran pastor August Kavel who migrated to South Australia from (Germany) in 1838 (two years after the colony was founded) with approximately 250 people seeking freedom from religious persecution. They and later German immigrants and their descendants have made a significant contribution to South Australia's development and culture.

Kavel has been held by the Liberal Party (and its predecessor, the Liberal and Country League) for its entire existence. Like most seats in the Adelaide Hills, it has usually been reasonably safe for that party. It has been held by only four members. The first member, Roger Goldsworthy, served as Deputy Premier of South Australia from 1979 to 1982 under David Tonkin. Goldsworthy retired in 1992 to allow former state Liberal leader John Olsen to transfer from the Australian Senate back to state politics. Olsen went on to become Premier of South Australia after a 1996 party-room coup against Premier Dean Brown. He was forced to retire from politics after being caught misleading the House, and was succeeded by Mark Goldsworthy, son of Roger. Mark held the seat until handing it to current member Dan Cregan in 2018. Cregan was elected as a Liberal member, but resigned from the party in October 2021 to sit as an independent.

The strong Family First Party vote of 15.7 percent at the 2006 election (the highest in the state) was due in part to their prominent local candidate, church minister Thomas "Tom" Playford V, son of former Premier Sir Thomas Playford who represented Gumeracha decades earlier. Playford ran as an independent in the 2002 election, finishing on a primary vote of 19.4 percent.

Members for KavelEdit

Member Party Term
  Roger Goldsworthy Liberal and Country 1970–1974
  Liberal 1974–1992
  John Olsen Liberal 1992–2002
  Mark Goldsworthy Liberal 2002–2018
  Dan Cregan Liberal 2018–2021
  Independent 2021–present

Election resultsEdit

2018 South Australian state election: Kavel[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dan Cregan 10,374 48.1 −6.3
SA-Best Andrew Stratford 4,217 19.6 +19.6
Labor Glen Dallimore 3,436 15.9 −6.0
Greens Ian Grosser 1,963 9.1 −7.2
Animal Justice Louise Pfeiffer 644 3.0 +3.0
Conservatives Howard Hollow 615 2.9 −4.0
Dignity Cristina Rodert 313 1.5 +0.9
Total formal votes 21,562 96.4 −0.8
Informal votes 816 3.6 +0.8
Turnout 22,378 92.7 +4.1
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Dan Cregan 13,965 64.8 +1.0
Labor Glen Dallimore 7,597 35.2 −1.0
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Dan Cregan 12,878 59.7 −4.1
SA-Best Andrew Stratford 8,684 40.3 +40.3
Liberal hold Swing N/A

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Electoral District of Kavel (Map). Electoral Commission of South Australia. 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ State Election Results – District Results for Kavel, ECSA.