Labor wins state election, takes Heathcote from Liberals

The new Labor MP for Heathcote, Maryanne Stuart (right) with supporters at the Bulli Police Youth Club polling booth on Saturday. Picture: Maryanne Stuart – Labor for Heathcote Facebook Page.

THE entire city of Wollongong is now bathed in a sea of red, after NSW Labor claimed victory in the state election on Saturday.

Labor’s Maryanne Stuart defeated sitting Liberal MP, Lee Evans in Heathcote, with a nine per cent swing after boundary redistributions.

The electorate of Heathcote shifted south, taking on more of Wollongong and losing parts of the Sutherland Shire. The electorate gained Bulli, Thirroul and Coledale from adjoining Keira at the southern end. This change transformed the seat’s margin from 5 per cent for the Liberal Party to 2.1 per cent for Labor. Besides parts of the Sutherland Shire, the Heathcote electorate now takes in Helensburgh south to Bulli.

Maryanne Stuart lives in Engadine with her husband Russell and two children.

The new MP has volunteered for many local sporting and environmental groups before taking on Mr Evans, who had held the seat of Heathcote for the Liberals for 12 years.

In adjoining Keira, Shadow Minister for Health, Ryan Park, has retained the seat for Labor, winning his fourth term and increasing his margin. Wollongong was also retained by Labor’s Paul Scully.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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