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Electoral district of Cootamundra

New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Interactive map of district boundaries from the 2023 state election
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1904–1941
MPSteph Cooke
PartyNational Party
NamesakeCootamundra, New South Wales
Electors56,191 (2022)
Area34,711.35 km2 (13,402.1 sq mi)
Electorates around Cootamundra:
Barwon Orange Bathurst
Murray Cootamundra Goulburn
Albury Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga

Cootamundra is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales.

Cootamundra is a regional electorate encompassing the local government areas of Bland Shire, Narrandera Shire, Coolamon Shire, Temora Shire, Junee Shire, Weddin Shire, Cowra Shire, part of Hilltops Council and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council.[1]


Cootamundra first existed as an electorate from 1904 to 1941 and elected one member between 1904 and 1920 and between 1927 and 1941. It was created in the 1904 re-distribution of electorates following the 1903 New South Wales referendum, which required the number of members of the Legislative Assembly to be reduced from 125 to 90.[2] It consisted of part of The Murrumbidgee, and parts of the abolished seats of Gundagai, Wagga Wagga and Young.

In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it absorbed Burrangong and Yass and elected three members. Proportional representation was abandoned in 1927 and Young and Temora, were separated from it and Cootamundra reverted to being a single member electorate. It was abolished in 1941.[3]

Cootamundra was recreated for the 2015 state election, combining the western part of the abolished district of Burrinjuck with the eastern part of the abolished district of Murrumbidgee.[4][5][6][7]

Members for Cootamundra

Single-member (1904–1920)
Member Party Term
  William Holman Labor 1904–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1920
Three members (1920–1927)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Greg McGirr Labor 1920–1922   Peter Loughlin Labor 1920–1926   Hugh Main Progressive 1920–1925
  James McGirr Labor 1922–1925
Ken Hoad Labor 1925–1927   Country 1925–1927
  Independent 1926–1927  
Single-member (1927–1941)
Member Party Term
  Ken Hoad Labor 1927–1932
  Bill Ross Country 1932–1941
Single-member (2015–present)
Member Party Term
  Katrina Hodgkinson National 2015–2017
  Steph Cooke National 2017–present

Election results

2023 New South Wales state election: Cootamundra[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Steph Cooke 34,470 70.6 +9.4
Labor Chris Dahlitz 6,566 13.4 −2.3
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers Jake Cullen 4,209 8.6 −7.0
Greens Jeffrey Passlow 1,198 2.5 −0.4
Independent Robert Young 1,113 2.3 +2.3
Independent Brian Fisher 674 1.4 +1.4
Sustainable Australia Chris O'Rourke 618 1.3 −0.1
Total formal votes 48,848 97.7 +0.4
Informal votes 1,143 2.3 −0.4
Turnout 49,991 89.2 −2.9
Two-party-preferred result
National Steph Cooke 36,446 82.1 +5.5
Labor Chris Dahlitz 7,959 17.9 −5.5
National hold Swing +5.5


  1. ^ "Cootamundra". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "1904 Redistribution". Atlas of New South Wales. NSW Land & Property Information. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "Elections for the District of Cootamundra". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Overview of Determinations". NSW 2013 Redistribution. Archived from the original on 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Cootamundra- NSW Electorate, Candidates, Results". NSW Votes 2019. ABC News. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Part 5B alphabetical list of all electorates and Members since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Former Members". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  8. ^ LA First Preference: Cootamundra, NSW State Election Results 2023, NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  9. ^ LA Two Candidate Preferred: Cootamundra, NSW State Election Results 2023, NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
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