The electorate of Swan takes its name from the famous river that forms one of its boundaries. Situated east of Perth, Swan has many landmarks, institutes and buildings, which all add to its character and give residents plenty of choice in terms of education, entertainment, lifestyle and family recreation.
Swan encompasses both Belmont and Ascot racecourses, Perth Zoo, Cannington Greyhounds, the state tennis centre, three golf courses, Perth Football Club and Burswood Casino – as well as Perth’s domestic and international airports. In terms of education, we have Curtin University, Clontarf Aboriginal College, a TAFE college, three Islamic Schools, and more than 50 primary and secondary schools. There are also a great many more clubs and associations proudly operating within our local community.
Another popular waterway, the Canning River, traverses the Southern side of the electorate, which encompasses a variety of industries, small business and professional offices. Swan has around 21,000 businesses, far more than any other electorate in WA, and includes the intrastate and interstate freight and transport terminals, both road and rail.
Many of the world’s ethnic groups are represented in Swan – with Asian, Middle Eastern, European and Indigenous Australians all residing within its borders. The issues in Swan are just as broad, with crime and antisocial behaviour, road infrastructure, health care, aged care, mental health, and the protection of our unique waterways and natural environment being the major concerns that figure prominently across the electorate.
Suburbs in the Swan electorate include: Ascot, Beckenham, Belmont, Bentley, Burswood, Cannington, Carlisle, Cloverdale, Como, East Cannington, East Victoria Park, Ferndale, Karawara, Kensington, Kewdale, Langford, Lathlain, Lynwood, Manning, Perth Airport, Queens Park, Redcliffe, Rivervale, Salter Point, St James, South Perth, Victoria Park, Waterford, Welshpool and Wilson.
|MEMBERS FOR SWAN FROM 1901|
|Sir John Forrest||Lib/Nationalist||1901-18||died|
|Edwin Corboy||ALP||1918-19||defeated, MLA 1921-33|
|John Prowse||Country Party||1919-22||elected for new Forrest seat|
|Harry Gregory||Country Party||1922-40||died|
|Thomas Marwick||Country Party/Ind||1940-43||defeated|
|Leonard Hamilton||Country Party||1946-49||elected for new Canning seat|
|Bill Grayden||Liberal||1949-54||defeated, MLA 1956-93|
|Harry Webb||ALP||1954-55||elected for new Stirling seat|
|John Martyr||Liberal||1975-80||defeated, Senator 1981-83|
|Kim Beazley||ALP||1980-96||elected for Brand|
|Don Randall||Liberal||1996-98||defeated, MP Canning 2001-|
|Steve Irons||Liberal||2007-||Currently in office|