2001 Profile of the division of Forrest

Updated: 9 February 2011


Western Australia

Name Derivation:

Named after Sir John (later Lord) Forrest (1847–1918), the first Premier of Western Australia (1890–1901). Involved in exploration of Western Australia and South Australia and entered Federal Parliament in 1901.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 21 143 sq km encompassing the south west corner of Western Australia from the Shire of Harvey in the north to the Shire of Manjimup in the south.

The main towns include Augusta, Australind, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Eaton, Harvey, Manjimup, Margaret River, Nannup, Pemberton and Yallingup.

Products/Industries of the area:

Agriculture (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, fruit and vegetables, wine, flowers), forestry (hard and softwoods, woodchipping) mining (coal, mineral sands, tin and tantalite), fisheries, manufacturing, commerce and tourism.

First Proclaimed/Elections



  • Geoff Prosser (LP) 1987–
  • P H Drummond (LP) 1972–87
  • F Kirwan (ALP) 1969–72
  • G Freeth (LP) 1949–69
  • N Lemmon (ALP) 1943–49
  • J H Prowse (CP) 1922–43

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating


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

Enrolment: 82 666

Informal Vote: 5.10%

Turnout: 95.85%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 43.12%
  • LP: 56.88%

Enrolment: 85 315

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.79%
  • Preamble Question 0.89%


  • Republic Question 95.81%
  • Preamble Question 95.81%

Enrolment: 82 248

Informal Vote: 5.05%

Turnout: 95.68%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 42.39%
  • LP: 57.61%