Profile of the electoral division of Cowan (WA)

Updated: 1 April 2019
State/Territory:
Western Australia
Date this name and boundary was gazetted:
19 January 2016
First election this name was used at:
1984 federal election
First election this boundary was used at:
2016 federal election
Map of Division:
Name derivation:
Named in honour of Edith Dircksey Cowan OBE, 1861–1932. Cowan was the first woman elected to any Parliament in Australia, state or Commonwealth, when she was elected in 1921 as the Member for West Perth in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly.
Area:
180 sq km
Location description:
Cowan covers an area from Tapping and Wanneroo in the north to Kiara and Lockridge in the south. The division covers the City of Joondalup, the City of Wanneroo and the City of Swan. It includes the suburbs of Alexander Heights, Ashby, Ballajura, Beechboro, Bennett Springs, Cullacabardee, Darch, Girrawheen, Gnangara, Greenwood, Hocking, Jandabup, Kiara, Kingsley (part), Koondoola, Landsdale, Lockridge, Madeley, Malaga, Marangaroo, Pearsall, Sinagra, Tapping, Wangara, Wanneroo, Warwick and Whiteman.
Products/Industries of the Area:
Mainly retail and service industries, with some light industry, manufacturing and market gardens.
Demographic rating:
Outer Metropolitan – situated in capital cities and containing large areas of recent suburban expansion.
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
Members:
  • Aly, A (ALP) 2016–
  • Simpkins, L (LP) 2007–2016
  • Edwards, G (ALP) 1998–2007
  • Evans, R (LP) 1993–1998
  • Jakobsen, C A (ALP) 1984–1993
AEC contact:
Cowan Divisional Office
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