Electoral district of Churchlands

Churchlands is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. Churchlands is named for the western suburb of Churchlands which falls within its borders, and was created at the 1994 redistribution, replacing the seat of Floreat which had existed since 1968.[1]

Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Churchlands (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1996–present
MPSean L'Estrange
Electors28,417 (2019)
Area25 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
DemographicNorth Metropolitan

It was held for most of its history by Liz Constable, the independent former member for who had won the predecessor seat in a 1991 by-election. However, the seat's demographics suggested it was a strongly Liberal seat on paper, and it was taken for granted Constable would be succeeded by a Liberal once she retired. Constable retired at the 2013 election, and was succeeded as expected by Liberal Sean L'Estrange.


Churchlands and the neighbouring electorates of Nedlands to the southeast and Cottesloe to the southwest comprise the affluent western suburbs of Perth—the Australian Bureau of Statistics's SEIFA index (2001) ranked them as the highest three electorates by socio-economic status in Western Australia, with high scores on educational and employment opportunity. At the 2006 census, the median individual income in the Churchlands electorate, based on its 2005 boundaries, was $607 per week compared to $513 in the Perth metropolitan area, and the median weekly household income was $1,115 compared to $1,086 across Perth. 45.4% of the population were professionals or managers.[2]

All three seats are comfortably safe Liberal seats, and they are almost entirely within the equally safe Liberal federal seat of Curtin.

Members for Churchlands

  Liz Constable Independent 1996–2013
  Sean L'Estrange Liberal 2013–present


2017 Western Australian state election: Churchlands[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sean L'Estrange 12,841 54.9 −3.9
Labor Paul Lilburne 5,310 22.7 +6.9
Greens Joanna Gurak 3,103 13.3 +5.6
Independent Jim Bivoltsis 1,056 4.5 +1.1
Christians Paul Phillips 481 2.1 +0.6
Micro Business Daljeet Gill 348 1.5 +1.5
Matheson for WA Jack Garber 245 1.0 +1.0
Total formal votes 23,384 96.7 +0.3
Informal votes 787 3.3 −0.3
Turnout 24,171 90.0 +1.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Sean L'Estrange 14,778 63.2 −6.7
Labor Paul Lilburne 8,599 36.8 +6.7
Liberal hold Swing −6.7


  1. "Electoral Distributions Act 1947 - Division of the State into Six Electoral Regions and 57 Electoral Districts by the Electoral Distribution Commissioners". Western Australia Government Gazette. 28 November 1994. p. 1994:6135-6327.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Churchlands (North Metropolitan) (State Electoral Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
    * Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Perth (Statistical Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  3. Churchlands District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.
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