2001 Profile of the division of Cunningham

Updated: 9 February 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after Allan Cunningham (1791–1839) an early Australian explorer, who explored large areas of New South Wales and Queensland.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 490 sq km from Cordeaux Heights, Figtree and Coniston in the south, to Helensburgh in the north, and is bounded generally in the west by the mountain range.

The main suburbs include Austinmer, Balgownie, Bellambi, Bulli, Clifton, Coalcliff, Coledale, Coniston, Cordeaux Heights, Corrimal, Darkes Forest, Fairy Meadow,  Figtree, Gwynneville, Helensburgh, Keiraville, Mount Keira, Mount Kembla, Mount Ousley, Mount Saint Thomas, Otford, Russell Vale, Scarborough, Stanwell Park, Tarrawanna, Thirroul, Towradgi, Unanderra, Wollongong, Wombarra and Woonona.

Products/Industries of the area:

Wollongong is the commercial centre of the Illawarra, servicing tourism, tertiary education, steel production, coal mining, brick manufacturing, textiles & dairy-farming.

First Proclaimed



  • Michael Organ (GRN) 2002–
  • S Martin (ALP) 1993–2002
  • S J West (ALP) 1977–93
  • R F X Connor (ALP) 1963–77
  • V D Kearney (ALP) 1956–63
  • W Davies (ALP) 1949–56

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Demographic Rating

Outer Metropolitan

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

Enrolment: 77 221

Informal Vote: 3.49%

Turnout: 95.27%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 68.20%
  • LP: 31.80%

Enrolment: 77 766

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.89%
  • Preamble Question 1.00%


  • Republic Question 95.44%
  • Preamble Question 95.47%

Enrolment: 81 540

Informal Vote: 4.84%

Turnout: 95.42%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 60.65%
  • LP: 39.35%