The electoral district of Monaro is a located in Southeastern NSW. Monaro covers inland parts of southeastern NSW to the south and east of the ACT. The seat includes Queanbeyan, Cooma and the Snowy Mountains. It covers all of Queanbeyan, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Palerang and Snowy River local government areas.


According to 2016 Census data, Monaro has:

  • A population of 76,014 (46,203 voters turned out in 2015 out of 53,048 enrolled);

  • A higher than average median age at 39;

  • A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 20.8% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and

  • A higher than average median weekly household income of $1,666 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).


Monaro was first created in 1858, and apart from three terms in the 1920s, Monaro has existed as an electoral district ever since. Sine 1927 Monaro has been represented by a mix of the Country/National Party and Labor Party. Sitting Labor Party member Steve Whan lost the seat to Nationals candidate John Barilaro with an 8.4% swing. Whan was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Legislative Council in June 2011. Whan subsequently resigned from his upper house seat to recontest Monaro in 2015, but again lost to Barilaro.


The current member, John Barilaro, holds the seat for the Nationals.

John Barilaro (NAT)

Barilaro is the National Party candidate for Monaro in the 2019 election, and the current member. Barilaro has represented the electoral district of Monaro for the Nationals since 2011. Barilaro managed Ryleho, a business that manufactures energy efficient timber windows and doors. Before entering Parliament Barilaro was elected as an independent councillor of Queanbeyan City Council in 2008.


Barilaro served as the Minister for Regional Tourism in the first Baird government. Barilaro is the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales, the Minister for Regional Development (later renamed as the Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Small Business, and Minister for Skills since October 2014.


Barilaro has acted as the New South Wales Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals since November 2016


Barilaro has always been active in the local community; campaigning for a high school for the growing suburb of Jerrabomberra, helping to found the Monaro Panthers Football Club (soccer), and then serving eight years as club president.

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Bryce Wilson (LAB)

Wilson is the Labor Party candidate for Monaro in the 2019 election. Wilson is a manager for Reconciliation Australia and father of one and is passionate about education and schools.


Wilson is a former teacher, was an advisor to former Education Minister Peter Garrett, and is currently president of the Jerrabomberra P&C.

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