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Bunbury Electorate Profile

Current Member

Don arrived in Australia as a 14-year-old looking for a better life. He joined his brother Tony and his wife Ann in Manjimup, went back to school after a long absence, eventually attending University and graduating as a Psychologist and Social Worker.

Don worked in community services throughout the South West and eventually throughout regional Western Australia as a member of the Executive Service of the Public Sector.

In 1998 Don became the CEO of the South West Development Commission and worked on projects as varied as supporting the development of aged care services, youth services, town centre renewal programs, and tourism development. More recently Don was responsible for developing and taking through Government major business cases for projects such as the Busselton Airport, Bunbury Port and the Bunbury waterfront. Don left the SWDC in July 2016 to stand for the Seat of Bunbury.

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About the Bunbury Electorate

Number of Electors: 25,537 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: Bunbury is named in honour of Lieutenant Henry William St. Pierre Bunbury (1812-1875) of the 21st Fusiliers. Bunbury carried out explorations in this area in 1836, and in a book of his letters and papers published in 1930 he wrote of Bunbury " A township has been formed, or at least laid down on the maps, comprising the southern promontory and part of the north beach at the entrance of Port Leschenault Inlet, which the Governor named "Bunbury" in compliment to me ..." In 1830 Lt Governor Stirling caused a military station to be established at Port Leschenault under the command of Lt McLeod, but it only lasted six months. Bunbury township was mentioned in the Government Gazette in 1839, but lots in the town were not surveyed until 1841, and these were declared open for selection in March 1841.
(Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places. )
Suburbs/Towns: Bunbury, College Grove, Dalyellup, Davenport, East Bunbury, Glen Iris, Pelican Point, Picton, South Bunbury, Usher, Vittoria and Withers.
(Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission)
Government: Adam Road Primary School; Bunbury Primary School; Bunbury Senior High School; Carey Park Primary School; College Row School; Cooinda Primary School; Dalyellup College; Dalyellup Primary School; Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School; Maidens Park Primary School; Manea Senior College; Newton Moore Senior High School; Picton Primary School; South Bunbury Primary School; Tuart Forest Primary School

Other: Bunbury John Calvin School; Grace Christian School; John Calvin Christian College; Ocean Forest Lutheran College; Bunbury Catholic College; St Joseph's Catholic Primary School; St Mary's Catholic Primary School
Local Newspapers:
South Western Times
Bunbury Herald
Bunbury Mail
Great Southern Herald
Narrogin Observer
Books about Bunbury:
Anthony J Barker: Excellent connections - a history of Bunbury, Western Australia, 1836-1990 (409p. City of Bunbury, 1992)
Freda Vines: Bunbury and Busselton sketchbook (64p. Rigby 1975)
Phyllis Barnes: Marlston Hill and all that (198p. P. Barnes, 2001)
Phyllis Barnes: Bunbury images - people and places (100p. P. Barnes, 2004)
John Wollaston: Wollaston's Picton journal 1841-1844 (321p. Pitman, 1948)
Local Governments within District
City of Bunbury
Shire of Capel (part)

2017 Election Result

* Election analysis

Successive Members for the Bunbury District

John Forrest
John Forrest

Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 2015

Sir John Forrest Ministerialist 1880 - 1894,1894 - 1901
Thomas Hayward Ministerialist 1901 - 1904
Sir Newton James Moore Ministerialist 1904 - 1911
William Lemen Thomas Australian Labor Party 1911b - 1917
Griffin Cant Money Nationalist 1917 - 1925
Frederick James Withers Australian Labor Party 1924 - 1947
James Murray Liberal 1947 - 1950
Frank Guthrie Australian Labor Party 1950 - 1955
George Frederick Roberts Lib. & Country League 1955b - 1962
Maurice Clifford Williams Lib. & Country League 1962b - 1973
John Sibson Liberal 1973b - 1983
Philip John Smith Australian Labor Party 1983 - 1993
Ian Frederick Osborne Liberal 1993 - 2001
Anthony (Tony) James Dean Australian Labor Party 2001 - 2005
Giovanni (John) Mario Castrilli Liberal 2005 - 2017
Don Punch Australian Labor Party 2017 -
b = by-election