The electoral district of Coogee is a metropolitan coastal seat in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It includes the suburbs of Bondi, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, Queens Park, South Coogee, Tamarama, Waverley and aspects of Kingsford, Maroubra, Randwick and The University of NSW.
According to 2016 Census data, Coogee has:
A population of 83,171 (47,439 voters turned out in 2015);
A lower than average media age at 35;
A higher than average level of highest educational attainment with 44.6% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A higher than average median weekly household income of $2,277 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Coogee has been represented fairly evenly by both the Labor Party and conservative parties since its inception in 1927. There is a larger than average Greens vote in the seat (18.6% primary vote in 2015).
The current member, Bruce Notley-Smith, holds the seat for the Liberal Party.
Marjorie O'Neill (LAB)
O’Neill is the Labor Party’s candidate for Coogee in the 2019 election. O’Neill is currently a councilor on Waverley Council. O’Neill has a PhD in Management and Economics and is a business school academic.
O’Neill has started many grass roots campaigns in the Eastern Suburbs including the ‘Save Bronte’ group, and is campaigning to save Waverley Bowling Club and Bondi Pavilion. She is also a surf life saver at Clovelly.
Bruce Notley-Smith (LIB)
Prior to entering the Parliament, Notley-Smith was the Mayor of the City of Randwick Council from 2007 until 2009. He served as a Liberal Councillor until the March 2011 election. Notley-Smith was also an officer in the NSW Ambulance Service and ran his own contract cleaning business.
In 2011, Notley-Smith ran for the seat of Coogee against sitting Labor Member Paul Pearce, and won the seat with an 11.4 point swing. He won 58.2% of the two-party vote. Notley-Smith was the first openly gay member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. He worked to expunge the criminal records of gay men convicted under historical laws.
In 2015, Notley-Smith retained Coogee for the Liberals against Paul Pearce. The margin was narrowed to 2.9%. Coogee is considered a 'very marginal' seat for the Liberal Party.
Notley-Smith has not held a ministry.