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Rockingham Electorate Profile (2021)

About the Rockingham Electorate

Map showing the boundaries of the Rockingham electorate for the 2021 election

PDF version of the Rockingham Electorate map

PDF version of the South Metropolitan Region electorate map

Area (sq km): 49
Number of Electors: 29,259
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Origin of the Name:
Rockingham is named after the ship Rockingham which ran aground in 1830 on the beach which fronts the suburb. The ship was the last of three ships to bring Thomas Peel's settlers to the new colony, and although initially salvaged, was eventually sunk in Cockburn Sound. The site of Rockingham was identified by J.S. Roe, Surveyor General, in 1846, and a townsite was surveyed here by Alfred Hillman in 1847.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.

Suburbs and Towns within the Electorate:
Cooloongup *; East Rockingham; Garden Island; Hillman; Peron; Rockingham; Safety Bay; Shoalwater; Waikiki *
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one Electorate.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Legislative Council Region:
South Metropolitan

Local Governments within the Electorate:
City of Rockingham; Statistical Profile of City of Rockingham

Government: Bungaree Primary School; Charthouse Primary School; Cooloongup Primary School; East Waikiki Primary School; Hillman Primary School; Malibu School; Rockingham Beach Education Support Centre; Rockingham Beach Primary School; Rockingham Senior High School; Rockingham Senior High School Education Support Centre; Safety Bay Primary School; Safety Bay Senior High School.

Other: Kolbe Catholic College; Rockingham Montessori School; South Metropolitan Youth Link Community College; Star Of The Sea Primary School.

Local Newspapers:
  • Sound Telegraph
  • Weekend Courier

Books about Rockingham
  • Rishard Draper: Rockingham - the visions unfold, a history of the Rockingham District (426p. City of Rockingham, 1997)
  • V Fall: The sea and the forest - a history of the Port of Rockingham, Western Australia (213p. UWA Press, 1972)

Statistical Profile of the Rockingham Electorate


Information about the 2021 State General Election
Information about Previous Elections

Current Member

Magenta Marshall (ALP)

Magenta Marshall, the first woman MP for Rockingham, was born and grew up in Rockingham. After studying at Murdoch University she worked for the Transport Workers Union and then MP David Michael.

She is a soccer devotee who started the Baldivis Divas and was captain for two seasons.

Magenta is a strong believer in equality and cares about access to quality education, housing affordability, protecting the local environment, investing in local schools and hospitals and improving public transport.

Contact details and Speeches



Successive Members for the Rockingham Electorate

Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 2007

Name Party Term
Michael Barnett Australian Labor Party 1974 - 1996
Mark McGowan Australian Labor Party 1996 - 2023
Magenta Marshall Australian Labor Party 2023b -

b = by-election

Black, David & Valerie Prescott. Election Statistics: Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia Electoral Commission, 1997.
Parliament of Western Australia, Members (website)