Electoral division of Nelson (Northern Territory)

Nelson is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. It was first created in 1990, and was named after Harold Nelson, the first member for the federal Northern Territory electorate. Nelson is a largely rural electorate, covering 2,289 km² and taking in the small towns of Howard Springs, McMinn's Lagoon and part of Humpty Doo, and some areas between Darwin and Palmerston. There were 5,825 people enrolled in the electorate as of August 2016.

Northern TerritoryLegislative Assembly
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Nelson in the Northern Territory
TerritoryNorthern Territory
MPGerry Wood
NamesakeH. G. Nelson
Electors5,825 (2016)
Area2,289 km2 (883.8 sq mi)
Harold Nelson, c. 1919.

Nelson is also a rarity among Northern Territory electorates in that it has traditionally been an independent-held seat, as opposed to being held by either of the major parties. Long-serving independent Noel Padgham-Purich held the seat for the last few years of her career, and only narrowly failed in installing another independent, Dave Tollner, as her replacement. After four years of Country Liberal Party control under Chris Lugg, another independent candidate, Gerry Wood, was successful in winning the seat. Wood was easily re-elected at the 2005 election, polling more than double the vote of his nearest rival, Lugg. He increased his vote by over 20% for the second election in a row in 2008, winning 72.2% of the primary vote with a two-party preferred margin of 28.7% over the CLP, the safest seat in the Territory. His margin dwindled to 9.2 percent when the CLP regained government in 2012.

Members for NelsonEdit

Member Party Term
  Noel Padgham-Purich Independent 1990–1997
  Chris Lugg Country Liberal 1997–2001
  Gerry Wood Independent 2001–present

Election resultsEdit

2016 Northern Territory general election: Nelson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Gerry Wood 2,804 60.5 +11.5
Country Liberal Gerard Maley 1,029 22.2 −18.7
Labor Kirsty Hunt 510 11.0 +1.9
Shooters and Fishers Marty Reinhold 245 5.3 +5.3
CEC Brigid McCullough 47 1.0 +1.0
Total formal votes 4,635 98.7 +0.7
Informal votes 61 1.3 −0.7
Turnout 4,696 80.4 +2.6
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Gerry Wood 3,209 73.0 +17.5
Country Liberal Gerard Maley 1,189 27.0 −17.5
Independent hold Swing +17.5

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Nelson – Electorate summary, Northern Territory Electoral Commission, 9 September 2016

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 12°33′19″S 131°04′07″E / 12.555285°S 131.068505°E / -12.555285; 131.068505