2001 Profile of the division of Cowper

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after Sir Charles Cowper (1807–1875), Premier of New South Wales (25 August–2 October 1856).

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 7699 sq km from Gladstone/Smithtown in the south to Yamba in the north.

The main towns include Bellingen, Bowraville, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Maclean, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Sawtell, South West Rocks, Urunga, Woolgoolga and Yamba.

Products/Industries of the area:

Fishing, forestry, agriculture – especially bananas – vegetables and dairy cattle, as well as tourism.

First Proclaimed

1900/1901

Members

  • Luke Hartsuyker (NP) 2001–
  • G Nehl (NP) 1984–2001
  • I L Robinson (CP/NCP) 1963–84
  • F W McGuren (ALP) 1961–63
  • E C G Page (FSU/CP) 1919–61
  • J Thomson (PROT/LIB/NAT) 1906–19
  • H W Lee (FT) 1903–06
  • F Clarke (PROT) 1901–03

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Rural

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

Enrolment: 79 213

Informal Vote: 2.74%

Turnout: 95.19%

Seat Status: Fairly safe National

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 43.64%
  • NP: 56.36%

Enrolment: 80 698

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.68%
  • Preamble Question 0.71%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 95.35%
  • Preamble Question 95.33%

Enrolment: 79 982

Informal Vote: 4.11%

Turnout: 95.31%

Seat Status: Marginal National

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 45.27%
  • NP: 54.73%
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