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Kalamunda Electorate Profile (2021)

About the Kalamunda Electorate

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

PDF version of the Kalamunda electorate map

PDF version of the East Metropolitan Region electorate map

Area (sq km): 448
Number of Electors: 29,541
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Origin of the name:
This suburb was named in 1901 following a request by 32 residents of the area for a townsite to be declared here. The residents chose the name "CALAMUNDA" as the name of the proposed townsite, combining two Aboriginal words recorded in a book on Aboriginal language by Bishop Salvado. "Cala" signifies "home, district, settlement," and "Munda" signifies "forest" and the residents hoped it would be considered an appropriate name. The name was respelt "Kalamunnda" by the Surveyor General, but later in 1901 was amended to Kalamunda.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.

Suburbs and Towns within the Electorate:
Bickley; Canning Mills; Carmel; Darlington *; Glen Forrest; Gooseberry Hill *; Hacketts Gully; Hovea; Kalamunda; Lesmurdie; Mahogany Creek; Maida Vale *; Martin *; Mundaring; Orange Grove *; Parkerville; Paulls Valley; Pickering Brook; Piesse Brook; Stoneville; Walliston
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one Electorate.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Legislative Council Region:
East Metropolitan

Local Governments within the Electorate:
City of Kalamunda; Statistical Profile of City of Kalamunda
Shire of Mundaring; Statistical Profile of Shire of Mundaring
City of Gosnells; Statistical Profile of City of Gosnells

Government: Darlington Primary School; Falls Road Primary School; Glen Forrest Primary School; Gooseberry Hill Primary School; Kalamunda Primary Education Support Centre; Kalamunda Primary School; Kalamunda Secondary Education Support Centre; Kalamunda Senior High School; Lesmurdie Primary School; Lesmurdie Senior High School; Mundaring Primary School; Orange Grove Primary School; Parkerville Primary School; Pickering Brook Primary School; Walliston Primary School.

Other: Carmel Adventist College; Carmel Adventist College Primary; Helena College; Kalamunda Christian School; Mary's Mount Primary School; Mazenod College; Mundaring Christian College; Sacred Heart School; St Brigid's College; The Silver Tree Steiner School; Treetops Montessori School.

Local Newspapers:
  • Hills Gazette

Books about Kalamunda:
  • F McNamara: Kalamunda of the dreamtime (41p. Paterson, 1961)
  • John Harper-Nelson: A line on Kalamunda (75p. Nine Club, 1978)
  • John Slee: Cala Munnda, a home in the forest - a history of Kalamunda (220p. Shire of Kalamunda, 1979)
  • Hector Price: Known by their fruits, the story of fruit growing in Kalamunda and districts (64p. Dept of Agriculture, 1985)

Statistical Profile of the Kalamunda Electorate


Information about the 2021 State General Election
Information about Previous Elections

Current Member

Matthew Hughes (ALP)

Matthew, a teacher since 1974, and a highly recognised educational leader on both a state and national level, was also the Principal of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.

Throughout his career in education and the public sector, Matthew has placed a strong emphasis on the importance of community, inclusion and diversity, all of which are reflective of his core values.

As a father of six adult children and eight grand children he is well aware of the aspirations and uncertainties faced by Western Australian families. He believes a fresh approach is required in the economic challenges facing the state and in particular the resourcing of our schools and hospitals.

As a resident of Darlington for the last 14 years, he understands the unique environment that is encompassed by the State electorate of Kalamunda and the work that needs to be done to support its families and its communities.

Contact details and Speeches



Successive Members for the Kalamunda Electorate

Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 2007

Name Party Term
John Howard Dadley Day Liberal Party 2008 - 2017
Matthew Hughes Australian Labor Party 2017 -

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)