Bathurst

The electoral district of Bathurst is a seat in Central West NSW. Bathurst covers the major centres of Bathurst and Lithgow, and all of Bathurst, Blayney, Lithgow and Oberon local government areas, along with a small part of the Mid-Western regional council.

 

According to 2016 Census data, Bathurst has:

  • A population of 78,079 (48,645 voters turned out in 2015 out of 54,105 enrolled);

  • A higher than average median age at 41;

  • A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 13.0% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and

  • A lower than average median weekly household income of $1,177 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).

 

Bathurst has existed as an electoral district since 1859. Bathurst was a marginal seat between the Labor Party and the Country Party in the middle part of the 20th century. Since 1981 Bathurst has been dominated by the ALP, who have won it at all elections except for 1988, when it was won by the Liberal Party, and 2011, when it was won by the Nationals.

 

In 1999 Bathurst was won by former Lithgow mayor Gerard Martin, running for the ALP. He won re-election in 2003 and 2007. Martin retired in 2011, and Nationals candidate Paul Toole defeated Labor candidate Dale Turner with a massive 36.7% point swing, the largest in the state. Toole was re-elected in 2015.

 

The current member, Paul Toole, holds the seat for the Nationals.

Paul Toole (NAT)

Before Paul Toole was elected to Parliament he was Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council and a teacher.

 

During the 2011 election Toole was elected with an 36.7% point swing, the largest in the state. In the 2015 election Toole received 65.8% of the two-party-preferred result, with a -7.9 swing.

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Following the resignation of Barry O'Farrell and the election of Mike Baird as Premier of NSW, Toole was made the Local Government Minister in both the first and second Baird Ministries. Toole oversaw the controversial council amalgamation plans. 

 

In January 2017, when Gladys Berejiklian became Premier, Toole was appointed the Minister for Lands and Forestry and the Minister for Racing.

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Beau Riley (LAB)

Beau Riley is the Labor Party candidate for Bathurst in the 2019 election. Riley is a Bathurst local. Riley works across the Central West as a Senior Constable and a Police Prosecutor. 

 

Riley is involved in the local sporting community, namely basketball, football and water polo.

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