The electoral district of Heathcote is a located in Southern Sydney and the Illawarra. Heathcote includes parts of the Sutherland Shire and the City of Wollongong. Heathcote covers the suburbs of Sutherland, Woronora Heights, Engadine, Yarrawarrah, Bundeena, Bangor, Menai and Heathcote and stretching into the northern suburbs of Wollongong.
According to 2016 Census data, Heathcote has:
A population of 76,148 (51,135 voters turned out in 2015 out of 56,013 enrolled);
A higher than average median age at 39;
A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 22.6% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A higher than average median weekly household income of $2,012 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Heathcote was first created as an electoral district in 1971 but was later abolished in 1991. Heathcote was restored in 1999. Since 1971 Heathcote was won by the Liberal Party in 1988, 2011 and 2015. Heathcote been won by the Labor Party at every other election. In 2011 Liberal Lee Evans won Heathcote with a 21.7% swing. Evans was re-elected in 2015.
The current member, Lee Evans, holds the seat for the Liberal Party.
Lee Evans (LIB)
Evans is the Liberal Party candidate for Heathcote in the 2019 election, and the current member. Evans won the 2011 with a 21.7% swing (after preferences) and was reelected again in 2015, receiving 57.6% of the two-party vote.
Evans has lived in the Heathcote Electorate his entire life. Evans is a qualified chef, holding the role of Food Supply and Purchasing Manager for the Olympic Village in 2000. Before entering Parliament, Evans was employed by TAFE NSW as a Hospitality and Tourism Teacher and subsequently owned and operated a wholesale gourmet food business.
Evans is Temporary Speaker.
Maryanne Stuart (LAB)
Stuart is the Labor Party candidate for Heathcote in the 2019 election. Stuart was also the Labor candidate for Heathcote in the 2015 election, which she lost to Liberal Lee Evans. Stuart received 42.4% of the two-party vote.
Stuart worked as an education and training officer for the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.