About Stuart (photos below)

The Electorate of Stuart was named after explorer John McDouall Stuart (1815-1866) who, among other accomplishments, pioneered a route from the south to the north of Australia. First named an electorate in 1936 but ceased to exist in 1993, the name Stuart was revived at the 1997 redistribution of electoral boundaries.

At the 2010 State election 23,343 electors were enrolled in Stuart and there will be an estimated 24,000 at the upcoming March 2014 election.

The electorate of Stuart covers 374,000 square kilometres, extending from Kapunda at its southern end, all the way up to the Northern Territory border along the Oodnadatta Track. It includes a section of the Riverland and heads east to the New South Wales border. It includes the Mid North agricultural region, all of the Flinders Ranges and the vast north-east pastoral region surrounded by the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. It includes the Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks, Lake Eyre and Cooper Creek. The important regional city of Port Augusta is its heart and main population centre.

The seat encompasses a large portion of the State with many diverse industries, including farming/grazing/horticulture, mining/oil/gas, manufacturing, tourism, electricity generation and transmission, prisons, retail, trades and services.

Previous Members for Stuart

  • Lindsay Riches Labor 1938–1970
  • Gavin Keneally Labor 1970–1989 
  • Colleen Hutchison Labor 1989–1993
  • Graham Gunn Liberal 1997–2010
  • Dan van Holst Pellekaan Liberal 2010–present

Pictures of Stuart

  • Visiting a class at Stirling North Primary School at Port Augusta

  • Peterborough

    Dan talking with the locals at the Peterborough Rodeo

  • Kapunda Lookout

    Kapunda South Australia

  • Port Augusta

    Isobel Redmond and Dan at Yorkey's Crossing turn off

  • Port Augusta Harbour

    Upper Spencer Gulf

  • Vince Coulthard and Dan

    The official opening of the White Dam Gold Mine near the NSW Border

  • Flinders Ranges

    North of Hawker

  • At Stirling North Primary School 

  • A Dingo 300km inside the dog fence

    (photo taken by Dan during his travels)

  • Working Sheep

    Southern Flinders Ranges

  • Marree Outback Roadhouse

  • Birdsville Track Coopers Creek crossing

    Far North South Australia

  • The official opening of the Carrieton Rodeo

  • Coopers Creek Punt

    On the Birdsville Track

  • Flooding in Outback Stuart

  • Presenting Lindsay Graham of Jamestown with a 50 year service award

  • Birdsville Track

    Road conditions open-closed sign.

  • Official unveiling of Ediacara Fossil Monument at Parachilna

  • Aroona Dam

    Leigh Creek water supply

  • Dan speaking at annual Port Augusta Apex dinner

  • Morgan Pump Station

    Murray River South Australia

  • Harvest Festival

    Giant Pumpkin Competition Winner

  • Dog Fence

    near Marree in the far north