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Thornlie Electorate Profile

Current Member

Chris Tallentire MLA was elected to the Western Australian Parliament as Member for Gosnells in September 2008. Chris lives in Thornlie and is a busy local representative, holding regular street corner meetings and getting things done. Chris’s local office is next to the Westpac Bank on Spencer Road in Thornlie.

Prior to entering Parliament, Chris was Director of the Conservation Council of WA where he led the Council's environmental campaigning, policy development and community engagement. From 2002 to 2004 Chris ran the Conservation Council's energy efficiency programme, which was designed to help householders reduce their energy bills, while also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris was born in the north of England, migrating to Western Australia as a five-year-old in 1969. He did all his schooling in Perth, and then in 1983 set off for Europe, where he worked mostly in the hospitality sector in Paris. He is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Water; Youth; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science

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Statistical Profile of the Thornlie Electorate


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*New* Statistics for 2021 Election Boundaries


About the Thornlie Electorate

Number of Electors: 26,869 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: In December 1955, the then "Gosnells Road Board" wrote to the Nomenclature Advisory Committee informing them that a portion of Canning Location 17 had been approved for subdivision. They requested that the area be named Thornlie which appeared to be a name by which the whole estate was known in the early days. The name was approved in April 1956. One authority states the district was named after Thornlie Bank in Madras. When Padbury owned the property, it was run as an experimental farm by his niece's husband, Frank James, whose grandfather was in business at Thornlie Bank in Madras.
(Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places. )
Suburbs/Towns: Beckenham*, Gosnells*, Kenwick*, Maddington*, Martin* and Thornlie.
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information
Ashburton Drive Primary School
Bramfield Park Primary School
Canning Primary Behaviour Centre
East Maddington Primary School
Forest Crescent Primary School
Gosnells Primary School
Maddington Primary School
South Thornlie Primary School
Thornlie Primary School
Thornlie Senior High School
Wirrabirra Primary School
Yale Primary School
Yule Brook College

Australian Islamic College - Thornlie
Lumen Christie College
Sacred Heart Primary School
Local Newspapers:
Comment News (Gosnells)
Examiner (Gosnells)
Books about Thornlie:
G McDonald: The Gosnells story (317p. City of Gosnells, 1988)
Local Governments within District
City of Gosnells (part) ; Statistical Profile of City of Gosnells

2017 Election Result

* Election analysis

Successive Members for the Thornlie District

Chris Tallentire
Chris Tallentire

Constituency created under Redistribution of Seats 2015

Christopher (Chris) John Tallentire Australian Labor Party 2008 -
b = by-election