2007 federal election: Profile of the Electoral Division of Cowan

Updated: 9 February 2011


Western Australia

Name Derivation:

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.

Area and Location Description:

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 (part), Noranda, Pearsall, Sinagra, Tapping, Wangara, Wanneroo, Warwick and Woodvale and part of Dianella.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Mainly retail and service industries with some light industry, market gardens and vineyards.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:

Outer Metropolitan


  • Simpkins, L (LP) 2007–
  • Edwards, G (ALP) 1998–2007
  • Evans, R (LP) 1993–1998
  • Jakobsen, C A (ALP) 1984–1993

Current Member Details:

Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

Divisional Office Contact Details

2007 Federal Election Results:

House of Representatives results for Cowan

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.