Electoral district of Little Para

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Little Para
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Little Para highlighted
Electoral district of Little Para (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
StateSouth Australia
NamesakeLittle Para River
Electors25,481 (2014)
Area65.3 km2 (25.2 sq mi)
Coordinates34°44′34″S 138°42′43″E / 34.74278°S 138.71194°E / -34.74278; 138.71194Coordinates: 34°44′34″S 138°42′43″E / 34.74278°S 138.71194°E / -34.74278; 138.71194

Little Para was a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly in the north of the Adelaide metropolitan area, covering the suburbs of Elizabeth, Elizabeth Grove, Elizabeth North, Elizabeth East, Elizabeth Park, Elizabeth South, Elizabeth Vale, Gould Creek, Hillbank, Salisbury Heights and Salisbury Park, and parts of Craigmore, Golden Grove and Greenwith.

The district was named after the Little Para River, located 20 km (12 mi) north of Adelaide, which passes through a number of suburbs within the electorate; the river was discovered by B. T. Finniss in 1837. "Para" is an Aboriginal term for 'stream of water'.

Renamed from Elizabeth at the 2006 state election, the electorate was originally drawn around the City of Elizabeth (now part of the City of Playford); the 1998 and 2002 redistributions made considerable changes, moving the focus further east. The electorate covers an area of approximately 65.3 km2 (25.2 sq mi).

Little Para was mostly working class, with some middle class suburbs on its eastern edges. All but the western end on the plains was in the foothills of the Adelaide Hills.

Little Para was abolished by a name change back to Elizabeth for the 2018 state election.[1][2]

Members for Little Para[edit]

Member Party Term
  Lea Stevens Labor 2006–2010
  Lee Odenwalder Labor 2010–2018

Election results[edit]

2014 South Australian state election: Little Para[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Lee Odenwalder 10,300 47.0 −4.2
Liberal Damien Pilkington 7,201 32.9 +2.9
Family First Lloyd Rowlands 1,997 9.1 −1.8
Greens Samantha Blake 1,459 6.7 −0.3
Dignity for Disability Scott Whelan 954 4.4 +4.4
Total formal votes 21,911 95.6 −0.9
Informal votes 997 4.4 +0.9
Turnout 22,908 89.9 −2.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Lee Odenwalder 12,573 57.4 −3.9
Liberal Damien Pilkington 9,338 42.6 +3.9
Labor hold Swing −3.9


  1. ^ Holderhead, Sheradyn (15 August 2016). "Proposed redrawing of South Australian electoral boundaries could hand Liberals an extra seat". The Advertiser. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Final Redistribution Report". South Australian Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  3. ^ 2014 State Election Results – Little Para, ECSA.
  4. ^ 2014 State Election Results – Little Para, ABC.