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Bassendean Electorate Profile

Current Member

Elected in 2013 as the Member for Bassendean in the WA Parliament, Dave is the Minister for Water; Forestry, Innovation and ICT, Science, and Youth. Dave has lived in nearby Bayswater with his family for the past 15 years. His kids go to local schools.

Dave was the elected WA Secretary of United Voice, the union that represents frontline staff in WA’s schools, hospitals, childcare, disability and aged care centres along with cleaners, security and hospitality workers.

Dave has run campaigns including against the privatisation of Western Australia's hospitals and schools, and for a better deal for cleaners.

Dave and a couple of others successfully ran a campaign to see that banking services were retained in their local area when the big four banks started to pull out. Today, the community bank he played a primary role in establishing has two branches and is now one of the most successful in Australia.

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Statistical Profile of the Bassendean Electorate

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About the Bassendean Electorate

Number of Electors: 26,325 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: The name "Bassendean" was first recorded by Surveyor J.W. Gregory in 1841 as the name of 1455 acres for Mr P. Brown, who had his homestead on the West Bank of Swan River. Peter Brown (or Broun) was WA's first Colonial Secretary in 1832 and apparently named his property on the Swan River after a family property in England, Bassendean in Berwickshire. This area was also previously known as West Guildford. A competition to choose a new name for the area was held in 1922; two school children nominated the name "Bassendean" after Peter Brown's property.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration, Names and Places.
Suburbs/Towns: Ashfield, Bassendean, Bayswater*, Beechboro*, Eden Hill, Kiara, Lockridge, Morley*
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Schools: Government:
Armadale Senior High School; Anzac Terrace Primary School; Ashfield Primary School; Bassendean Primary School; Beechboro Primary School; Cyril Jackson Secondary College; East Beechboro Primary School; Eden Hill Primary School; Hampton Senior High School; Kiara College; Lockridge Primary School; West Beechboro Primary School

Other: Casa Mia Montessori Community School; John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School – Beechboro; St Michael's School; Good Shepherd Catholic School
Local Newspapers:
Eastern Suburbs Reporter
Books about Bassendean:
Daphne Popham: First stage South - a history of the Armadale - Kelmscott district (204p. Town of Armadale, 1980)
Kim Fletcher: Spanning the years 1894-1994 - a pictorial history of Armadale Kelmscott (52p. Armadale Kelmscott Historical Society, 1994)
Local Governments within District
City of Bayswater (part)
City of Swan (part)
Town of Bassendean

2017 Election Result

* Election analysis

Successive Members for the Bassendean District

Clive Brown
Clive Brown

Constituency created under Redistribution of Seats 1994

Clive Morris Brown Australian Labor Party 1996 - 2005
Martin Paul Whiteley Australian Labor Party 2005 - 2013
Dave Kelly Australian Labor Party 2013 -
b = by-election