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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