The Maitland electorate was created in 1904, replacing East Maitland and West Maitland. With the introduction of proportional representation in 1920, it absorbed parts of Upper Hunter, Singleton, Cessnock and Durham and elected three members. With the end of proportional representation in 1927, Maitland was split into the single-member electorates of Maitland, Upper Hunter and Cessnock.
At the time of the last State Election in 2019, 53, 050 turned out to vote. Jenny Aitchison received 23,465 votes which was 44.23% of primary votes.
The Maitland electorate covers an area of 391.74 sq km and includes the suburbs of Aberglasslyn, Allandale, Anambah, Ashtonfield, Berry Park, Bishops Bridge, Bolwarra, Bolwarra Heights, Chisholm, Cliftleigh, Duckenfield, East Maitland, Farley, Four Mile Creek, Gillieston Heights, Gosforth, Greta, Harpers Hill, Hillsborough, Horseshoe Bend, Lambs Valley, Largs, Lochinvar, Lorn, Louth Park, Luskintyre, Maitland, Maitland Vale, Melville, Metford, Millers Forest, Mindaribba, Morpeth, Mount Dee, Oakhampton, Oakhampton Heights, Oswald, Phoenix Park, Pitnacree, Raworth, Rosebrook, Rutherford, South Maitland, Telarah, Tenambit, Thornton, Tocal, Windella, Windermere, Woodberry, Woodville. Postcodes covered include 2320, 2321, 2322, 2323, 2324, 2326, 2334, 2335, 2421.
The Wonnarua people are the traditional land owners of the Maitland area and their lands extend throughout the Hunter Valley. A dreamtime story from the Wonnarua explains how the hills and rivers in the Hunter Valley were created by a spirit called Baiame. Neighbouring nations to Wonnarua include Geawegal, Worimi, Awabakal, Gamilaroi, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Birpai. To learn more about the Wonnarua people please visit www.wonnarua.org.au
The Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council works in the areas of Families, Youth, Elders, Preschool, Medical, Culture & Heritage. For more information please click here.
Maitland was settled by farmers in the early 1800s. The area has long been an industrious area and since the 1820s Central Maitland has been home to industry, trade and commerce. For more information about Maitland please visit www.mymaitland.com.au
To learn more about the electorate here are two official profiles:
Cultural Diversity: https://intranet.parl.nsw.gov.au/allservices/library/Documents/2013ElectorateProfiles-CulturalDiversity/Maitland.pdf
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