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ABOUT

O'CONNOR

57

Shires

1,126,937

Square Km's

66, 075

Households

After the recent 2021 Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) boundary changes, the electorate of O'Connor will cover an area of 1,126,937 sq km from the Gibson Desert in the north to Albany in the south. The electorate will now cover 57 Local Government Areas; City of Albany, City of Kalgoorlie and the Shires of Beverley, Boddington, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Brookton, Broomehill-Tambellup, Bruce Rock, Collie, Coolgardie, Corrigin, Cranbrook, Cuballing, Cunderdin, Denmark, Dumbleyung, Dundas, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kent, Kojonup, Kondinin, Koorda, Kulin, Lake Grace, Laverton, Leonora, Manjimup, Menzies, Merredin, Mount Marshall, Mukinbudin, Nannup, Narembeen, Narrogin, Ngaanyatjarraku, Nungarin, Pingelly, Plantagenet, Quairading, Ravensthorpe, Tammin, Trayning, Wagin, Wandering, West Arthur, Westonia, Wickepin, Williams, Wiluna, Woodanilling, Wyalkatchem and Yilgarn.

There are many industries across the electorate including grain, sheep, cattle, tree farming, fishing, aquaculture, vineyards, wine-making, gold, nickel, talc and mineral sands mining, farm stays and tourism.

The electorate is named after the late Charles O'Connor 1843–1902, Engineer in Chief of Western Australia (appointed 1891). O’Connor designed the pipeline that supplies the Goldfields and Wheatbelt with water.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.