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Balcatta Electorate Profile

Current Member

David Michael grew up in Tuart Hill and is dedicated to serving the community. He has lived locally his entire life and went to Tuart Hill Primary School and Servite College. He is a life member of the Tuart Hill Cricket Club, a board member of Tuart Hill Primary School, and a patron of the Osborne Park Bowling Club.

David studied Economics at UWA and while at University he joined both the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Republican Movement.

At 25 years old, David was voted in as the youngest Councillor the City of Stirling has ever had. He held that role for 12 years before being elected to State Parliament as the Member for Balcatta in March 2017, where he is currently the Government Whip.

On council, David improved community facilities, upgraded parks and roads, delivered new footpaths and introduced a modern recycling system, all while keeping the City of Stirling debt free.

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Balcatta Electorate

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Statistical Profile of the Balcatta Electorate

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*New* Statistics for 2021 Election Boundaries


About the Balcatta Electorate

Number of Electors: 26,889 (9 March 2015)
(Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.)
Nomenclature: The area now known as Balcatta was once contained in the northern half of Perth Shire location granted to T.R.C. Walters on the 10th March 1840. The name Balcatta was recorded by Alexander Forrest in 1877 as being the Aboriginal name for the northern position of Careniup Swamp and the name was used on an offer of sale by Mr Mews in 1888. A later owner, James Arbuckle, named his house Balcatta after the area it overlooked.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places
Suburbs/Towns: Balcatta, Hamersley, Joondanna, Osborne Park *, Stirling, Tuart Hill
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Schools: Government: Balcatta Primary School; Balcatta Senior High School; East Hamersley Primary School; Glendale Primary School; Osborne Primary School; Takari Primary School; Tuart College; Tuart Hill Primary School; West Balcatta Primary School

Other: St Denis School; St Lawrence Catholic Primary School; St Kieran Catholic Primary School; Servite College
Local Newspapers:
Stirling Times
Books about Balcatta:
Leonard Easton: Stirling City (215p. UWA Press, 1971)
W S Cooper: Diversity's challenge - a history of the City of Stirling (466p. City of Stirling, 1999)
Local Governments within District
City of Stirling (part)

2017 Election Result

* Election analysis

Successive Members for the Balcatta District

John Charles Kobelke
John Charles Kobelke

Constituency created under Redistribution of Seats 2003

John Charles Kobelke Australian Labor Party 1989 - 2013
Chris Hatton Liberal Party 2013 - 2017
David Michael Australian Labor Party 2017
b = by-election