2004 Profile of the division of Cook

Updated: 29 September 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after Captain James Cook 1728–79, the first European to discover the east coast of Australia in 1770.

Area and Location Description:

Cook covers an area of approximately 189 sq km from Kurnell and Cronulla in the east to Kirrawee and Kareela in the west and from Botany Bay and Georges River in the north to Port Hacking in the south. Also includes the part of Royal National Park east of the section of Princes Hwy commencing at the most north westerly point of Royal National Park to Farnell Ave, east of Farnell Ave and Hacking River and north of Sutherland Council boundary which includes Bundeena and Maianbar. The main suburbs include Bundeena, Caringbah, Cronulla, Grays Point, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Kangaroo Point, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Maianbar, Miranda, Sylvania, Sylvania Waters, Taren Point, Woolooware and Yowie Bay.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Petroleum refineries at Kurnell, steel fabrication, pharmaceutical plant, boat building and oyster farming.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:

Inner Metropolitan


  • BAIRD, B (LP) 1998–
  • MUTCH, S (LP) 1996–1998
  • DOBIE, J D M (LP) 1975–1996
  • THORBURN, R W (ALP) 1972–1975
  • DOBIE, J D M (LP) 1969–1972
  • COPE, J F (ALP) 1955–1969
  • SHEEHAN, T (ALP) 1937–1955
  • GARDEN, J S (ALP) 1934–1937
  • RILEY, E C (ALP) 1922–1934
  • CATTS, J H (ALP) 1906–1922

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 82 675
  • Informal Vote: 5.53%
  • Turnout: 95.22%
  • Seat Status: Safe Liberal
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 63.82% | ALP: 36.18%

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.