2001 Profile of the division of Shortland

Updated: 9 February 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after Naval Lieutenant John Shortland (1769–1810), who discovered coal near Newcastle and the Hunter River Estuary.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 304 sq km from Charlestown in the north to Norah Head in the south and is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean and on the west by Lake Macquarie, the Pacific Highway, Wallarah Rd, Gorokan and the Canton Beach Foreshore.

The main suburbs include Belmont, Budgewoi, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach, Chain Valley Bay, Charlestown, Doyalson, Dudley, Eleebana, Floraville, Gateshead, Gorokan, Gwandalan, Halekulani, Jewells, Kahibah, Lake Haven, Lake Munmorah, Mannering Park, Norah  Head, Noraville, Nords Wharf, Redhead, San Remo, Summerland Point, Swansea, Tingira Heights, Toukley, Valentine, Whitebridge and Windale.

Products/Industries of the area:

Coal mining, tourism, fishing, power stations, building industry and poultry farming.

First Proclaimed



  • Jill Hall (ALP) 1998–
  • P Morris (ALP) 1972–98
  • C E Griffiths (ALP) 1949–72

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Demographic Rating


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

Enrolment: 78 527

Informal Vote: 2. 87%

Turnout: 96.23%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 62.81%
  • LP: 37.19%

Enrolment: 80 518

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.73%
  • Preamble Question 0.85%


  • Republic Question 96.33%
  • Preamble Question 96.35%

Enrolment: 86 261

Informal Vote: 4.56%

Turnout: 95.66%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 58.78%
  • LP: 41.22%