NSW council elections – estimated votes in new wards


I’ve previously posted about the new boundaries for wards in 18 NSW councils.

I have now finished redistributing the vote totals between wards in these councils – or at least those where partisan elections were conducted.

In this post I will run through which councils are included in the analysis and examples of wards with large changes (whereas some have experienced only very minor changed), and then post a table with all ward changes.

I have excluded Dungog, Greater Hume and North Sydney since no party members ran in these three councils. In the case of Wollondilly, Labor ran in one ward but no-one ran anywhere else, so I have not bothered to include it in the table.

Many of these changes were slight and thus produced slight changes. There were tiny changes between the Bankstown and Roselands wards of Canterbury-Bankstown and it produced very small vote changes. Likewise a small population moved from Rosehill to Dundas wards of Parramatta and produced a miniscule vote change. In both cases the three remaining wards were unchanged.

Two wards were radically redrawn in Bayside council. Labor previously had about 40% in both wards, and failed to win a second seat in either. They now have a 5% gap between ward 3 and ward 4, which might help them win a second seat in ward 3 without threatening their one seat in ward 4.

Every ward in Blacktown was changed significantly, but in most cases it didn’t have a big impact. Labor won two out of three seats in every ward in 2016. They have been hit hardest by the redistribution in wards 4 and 5, where their vote was highest and thus they have the least danger of losing a seat. This flowed through to a boost in wards 2 and 3.

It’s surprising how little change there was in Camden considering what a large piece of North ward was removed. I suspect estimating margins based on 2016 votes is not particularly relevant in the North ward due to the tremendous population growth, which I’ll return to in another post.

The transfer of voters from the South ward of Liverpool council to the North ward has moved the Labor vote closer together, which likely makes it harder for Labor to win a third seat on the North ward.

Labor has gained a slight boost in ward 1 of Newcastle council which could aid an effort to pick up a second seat there, although they are still some way off.

Fairfield has replaced their three old four-member wards with two new six-member wards. There is a large gap between a vote in excess of 50% in the Fairfield/Cabravale ward (which could bring them close to winning a fourth seat there) while they are on 37% in the Parks ward, which is about 5% off winning a third seat.

Shellharbour was broken up from a single at-large election of seven councillors to four wards of two councillors each. The vote is split reasonably evenly, with Labor polling over the quota of 33.3% in two wards and very close to a quota in the other two wards. The Liberal vote is highest at 22% in the south and west wards, which could be enough to win two seats, or no seats, depending on the distribution of the ‘other’ vote, which elected three councillors in 2017.

WardALP oldLIB oldGRN oldOthers oldALP newLIB newGRN newOthers new
Bayside change
Bayside 247.729.120.52.7No change
Bayside 339.725.613.321.342.324.810.122.8
Bayside 440.
Bayside 538.532.80.028.7No change
Blacktown 245.926.89.417.946.
Blacktown 349.221.97.521.450.
Blacktown 462.923.91.012.361.524.61.412.5
Blacktown 559.519.18.313.158.520.37.613.7
Camden Central23.722.90.053.424.328.20.047.5
Camden North28.450.
Camden South22.521.70.055.822.622.10.055.3
Ctby-Bkstwn Bankstown54.937.60.07.555.
Ctby-Bkstwn Bass Hill54.828.30.017.0No change
Ctby-Bkstwn Canterbury36.823.319.520.3No change
Ctby-Bkstwn Revesby38.630.59.021.9No change
Ctby-Bkstwn Roselands55.
Fairfield Cabravale64.716.27.411.7Ward merged
Fairfield Fairfield44.317.96.931.0Ward merged
Ffld Fairfield/CabravaleNew ward54.516.57.022.0
Fairfield Parks34.820.44.440.437.
Lane Cove Central14.540.70.044.815.541.00.043.6
Lane Cove East0. change
Lane Cove West26.839.
Liverpool North45.
Liverpool South36.739.35.418.737.238.75.418.8
Newcastle 135.114.621.628.736.014.121.328.7
Newcastle 234.022.717.226.133.322.717.426.6
Newcastle 344.616.015.024.544.915.415.024.7
Newcastle 447.313.010.329.447.513.010.129.4
Parramatta Dundas31.635.00.033.431.934.81.032.3
Parramatta Epping23.532.712.031.8No change
Parramatta North Rocks37.848.20.014.0No change
Parramatta Parramatta30.032.113.324.6No change
Parramatta Rosehill33.733.312.021.033.633.411.721.4
Port Stephens Central14.
Port Stephens East7. change
Port Stephens West28.
Shellharbour at-large32.818.00.049.3New wards created
Shellharbour EastNew ward31.614.40.054.0
Shellharbour NorthNew ward34.812.90.052.4
Shellharbour SouthNew ward33.
Shellharbour WestNew ward31.522.40.046.1
Shoalhaven 317.
The Hills Central22.
The Hills East20.357.911.110.720.757.09.812.5
The Hills North19.869.90.010.319.
The Hills West31.462.20.06.4No change
Wollongong 138.925.722.313.238.925.722.313.2
Wollongong 234.733.019.412.934.532.919.612.9
Wollongong 350.
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