Electoral district of North West Central

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

North West Central
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of North West Central (dark green) in Western Australia
StateWestern Australia
Dates current2005–present1
MPVince Catania
NamesakeNorth-west region of Western Australia
Electors10,904 (2019)
Area817,103 km2 (315,485.2 sq mi)
DemographicMining and Pastoral
1 known as North West Coastal 2005–2008 and North West 2008-2013

The district is mostly based in the rural north-west of Western Australia. It is currently a safe seat for the Nationals WA.


First known as North West Coastal, the district was first created for the 2005 state election, incorporating territory from the abolished districts of Burrup and Ningaloo. The seat was won by Labor MP, and then member for Burrup, Fred Riebeling.

The district was expanded for the 2008 state election, incorporating more inland territory which resulted in the name change to North West. With Riebeling's decision to retire, the contest pitted Labor MP Vince Catania, then a member of the Legislative Council, against Liberal candidate, and former Ningaloo MP, Rod Sweetman, with Catania emerging victorious. On 20 July 2009, Catania announced his decision to leave the Labor Party to join the rival National Party.[1]

The 2013 state election saw the Labor-leaning Shire of Roebourne transferred to the Pilbara while taking more central areas of the state including the shires of Sandstone and Wiluna, increasing National's hold on the seat. The increase in terms of area in the central part of the state saw yet another name change to North West Central.


Based in the remote north-west of Western Australia, the district includes the towns of Carnarvon, Coral Bay, Cue, Denham, Exmouth, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Onslow, Paraburdoo, Sandstone, Tom Price, Wiluna and Yalgoo.


North West Coastal (2005–2008)
Member Party Term
  Fred Riebeling Labor 2005–2008
North West (2008–2013)
Member Party Term
  Vince Catania Labor 2008–2009
  National 2009–2013
North West Central (2013–present)
Member Party Term
  Vince Catania National 2013–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Western Australian state election: North West Central[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Vince Catania 2,571 35.3 −7.5
Labor Shane Hill 1,979 27.1 +4.4
Liberal Julee Westcott 1,179 16.2 −11.8
One Nation Dane Sorensen 818 11.2 +11.2
Greens Carol Green 426 5.8 +0.8
Independent Sandy Davies 221 3.0 +3.0
Flux the System! Adrian D'Cunha 73 1.0 +1.0
Micro Business Angela Hooper 24 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 7,291 95.4 +1.6
Informal votes 349 4.6 −1.6
Turnout 7,640 73.2 −6.4
Two-party-preferred result
National Vince Catania 4,337 59.5 −1.9
Labor Shane Hill 2,947 40.5 +1.9
National hold Swing −1.9

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  • Antony Green. "2008 Election Profile: North West". ABC.
  • "Map of North West (2008–)". boundaries.wa.gov.au. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19.
  • Antony Green. "2005 Election Profile: North West Coastal". ABC.
  • "Map of North West Coastal (2005–2008)". boundaries.wa.gov.au. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19.