Lee Evans, since 2011.
Southern Sydney and the Illawarra. Heathcote includes parts of the Sutherland Shire and the City of Wollongong. Heathcote covers the suburbs of Sutherland, Woronora Heights, Engadine, Yarrawarrah, Bundeena, Bangor, Menai and Heathcote and stretching into the northern suburbs of Wollongong.
Heathcote was first created as an electoral district in 1971. The seat was abolished in 1991, and restored in 1999. In that time it has only been won by the Liberal Party twice, in 1988 and 2011. It has been won by the Labor Party at every other election.
Heathcote was first won in 1971 by Rex Jackson. He had previously served as Member for Bulli since 1955. The 1970 redistribution shifted Bulli north, deeper into Sutherland and losing parts of Wollongong, and following this Bulli was renamed Heathcote. Jackson joined the ministry when Labor won power in 1976, and became Minister for Corrective Services in 1981. He left the ministry in 1983 and resigned from Parliament in 1986. He was convicted of accepting bribes in relation to the early release of prisoners, and spent over three years in a prison which he had previously had ministerial responsibility for.
Jackson had run in the January 1987 by-election as an independent, but polled only 6%, losing to the ALP’s Ian McManus.
The redistribution for the 1988 election shifted Heathcote north, deeper into Sutherland and further out of Wollongong. McManus shifted to the newly-created Labor seat of Burragorang, which covered parts of Wollondilly Shire and northern suburbs of Wollongong. The Liberal Party’s Allan Andrews won Heathcote.
The 1991 redistribution reduced the size of the Assembly, and Heathcote and Burragorang were both abolished, and the seat of Bulli was restored in the northern suburbs of Wollongong. Andrews ran in the seat of Coogee, losing by 600 votes to the Labor candidate. McManus won the seat of Bulli.
McManus was re-elected in Bulli in 1995 and became a Parliamentary Secretary in the newly-elected Carr government.
The 1999 redistribution restored the seat of Heathcote, and again abolished Bulli. McManus once again was elected Member for Heathcote, and served for one final term before retiring in 2003.
Heathcote was won in 2003 by the ALP’s Paul McLeay, son of federal MP Leo McLeay. McLeay was immediately appointed as a parliamentary secretary in 2003. He became a minister in 2009, but resigned in 2010 after admitting to having used parliamentary computers to access gambling and pornography websites.
In 2011, Paul McLeay lost Heathcote to Liberal candidate Lee Evans with a 21.7% swing. Evans was re-elected in 2015.
Heathcote is not the most marginal Liberal seat, but could be in play if Labor is close to forming government.
|Ula Falanga||Christian Democrats||1,518||3.0||-1.3|
|Ahmed Elawaad||No Land Tax||717||1.4||+1.4|
2015 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Heathcote have been split into four parts. Polling places in the City of Wollongong have been grouped as “Helensburgh”. The scattered booths in southern parts of Sutherland Shire have been grouped as “Heathcote-Bundeena”, with those polling places in the urban Sutherland suburbs at the northern end of the seat were split into Menai and Engadine.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in three out of four areas, ranging from 50.1% in Heathcote-Bundeena to 63.4% in Menai. Labor won 53.1% in Helensburgh.
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Two-party-preferred votes in Heathcote at the 2015 NSW state election