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Cannington Electorate Profile (2021)

About the Cannington Electorate

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

PDF version of map

South Metropolitan Region map PDF

Area (sq km): 31
Number of Electors: 27,704
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Origin of the Name:
This name was given according to the English practice of adding the term "ton" to a name, denoting a town. Subdivision of the suburb of Cannington began in 1882. A railway station was constructed there in the early 1890's and was named Cannington. The area surrounding this station soon became known by this name.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.

Suburbs and Towns within the Electorate:
Beckenham; Bentley *; Cannington; East Cannington; Ferndale; Langford; Lynwood; Parkwood; Queens Park; Welshpool *; Wilson *
* = 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 Canning; Statistical Profile of City of Canning
City of Gosnells; Statistical Profile of City of Gosnells

Government: Bannister Creek Primary School; Beckenham Primary School; Brookman Primary School; Cannington Community College; Cannington Community Education Support Centre; Gibbs Street Primary School; Lynwood Senior High School; Parkwood Primary School; Queens Park Primary School; Sevenoaks Senior College.

Other: Fountain College; Langford Islamic College; St Joseph's School; St Jude's Catholic School; St Norbert College.

Local Newspapers:
  • Canning Times
  • Canning Examiner
  • Comment News

Books about Cannington:
  • Dorothea Morrow: A place by the river (150p, 1986)
  • F G Garden: Along the Canning - a history of the Shire of the Canning district, Western Australia (183p. Shire of Canning, 1968)

Statistical Profile of the Cannington Electorate


Information about the 2021 State General Election
Information about Previous Elections

Current Member

Bill Johnston (ALP)

Initially elected as the Member for Cannington in September of 2008, Bill is a member and supporter of many local groups with the belief that volunteers make where you live into a community.

Prior to entering Parliament, Bill spent 7 years as the State Secretary of WA Labor, which gives him a unique insider’s view to politics.

As a former senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, the union representing retail and warehouse workers, he fought for fairness for low-paid workers in industrial rights, workers compensation and working conditions.

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Successive Members for the Cannington Electorate

Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 2007

Name Party Term
William (Bill) Joseph Johnston Australian Labor Party 2008 -

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)