2001 Profile of the division of Cowan

Updated: 9 February 2011


Western Australia

Name Derivation:

Named after Edith Cowan (1861–1932), the first female Member of an Australian Parliament, being elected to the Western Australia Legislative Assembly as the Member for West Perth (1921–1924). She worked throughout her life to improve opportunities for women in education, occupation and common civil rights.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 195 sq km from Banksia Grove in the north to Noranda in the south.

The division covers parts of four Local Government areas – the City of Joondalup, the City of Wanneroo, the City of Bayswater and the City of Swan. It includes the suburbs of Banksia Grove, Girrawheen, Greenwood, Hocking, Kingsley, Koondoola, Landsdale, Mariginiup, Noranda, Pearsall, Sinagra, Wanneroo, Warwick and Woodvale.

Products/Industries of the area:

Mainly retail and service industries with some light industry, market gardens and vineyards.

First Proclaimed



  • Graham Edwards (ALP) 1998–
  • R Evans (LP) 1993–98
  • C A Jakobsen (ALP) 1984–93

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AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Outer Metropolitan

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 77 186

Informal Vote: 3.86%

Turnout: 96.14%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 53.56%
  • LP: 46.44%

Enrolment: 79 394

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.86%
  • Preamble Question 0.96%


  • Republic Question 96.02%
  • Preamble Question 96.01%

Enrolment: 79 648

Informal Vote: 4.67%

Turnout: 95.72%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 55.51%
  • LP: 44.49%
Following Redistribution of Boundaries in November 2000

Notional Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 53.11%
  • LP: 46.89%
Notional Seat Status: Marginal Labor