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 1921–24.
Cowan 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 Alexander Heights, Ashby, Ballajura, Banksia Grove, Carramar, Cullacabardee, Darch, Girrawheen, Gnangara, Greenwood, Hocking, Jandabup, Kingsley, Koondoola, Landsdale, Madeley, Malaga, Marangaroo, Mariginiup, Noranda, Pearsall, Sinagra, Tapping, Wangara, Wanneroo, Warwick and Woodvale and part of Dianella.
Mainly retail and service industries with some light industry, market gardens and vineyards.
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