Electoral district of McConnel

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QueenslandLegislative Assembly
Map of the electoral district of McConnel, 2017.pdf
Map of the electoral district of McConnel, 2017
State Queensland
Dates current 2017–present
MP Grace Grace
Party Labor Party
Namesake Mary McConnel
Electors 34,005 (2017)
Area 13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Coordinates 27°27′25″S 153°02′02″E / 27.4569°S 153.034°E / -27.4569; 153.034Coordinates: 27°27′25″S 153°02′02″E / 27.4569°S 153.034°E / -27.4569; 153.034
Electorates around McConnel:
Stafford Clayfield Clayfield
Cooper McConnel Bulimba
South Brisbane South Brisbane Bulimba

McConnel is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It was created in the 2017 redistribution[1] as essentially a reconfigured version of Brisbane Central.

It covers the Brisbane CBD, as well as the suburbs of Kelvin Grove, Herston, Bowen Hills, Newstead, Teneriffe, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace and New Farm.[1]

It is named after Mary McConnel, one of Queensland's early European settlers, who came to Queensland in 1849. With her husband David McConnel, they ran the Cressbrook pastoral station. Mary McConnel was a close friend of Diamantina Bowen, the wife of the first Queensland Governor George Bowen, and together with a committee of ladies, they embarked on a program of building hospitals for women and children, such as the Lady Bowen Hospital which provided maternity services. After the Bowens left Queensland, Mary McConnel continued to raise funding to build a children's hospital. The Hospital for Sick Children in Brisbane was opened on 11 March 1878.[2]

From results of the last election, McConnel is estimated to be a marginal seat for the Labor Party with a margin of 3.1%.[3] Grace Grace, the last member for Brisbane Central, transferred to McConnel and won with a modest swing.

The electorate containing what is now the Brisbane CBD has been known variously as Town of Brisbane (1859-1873), Brisbane City (1873-1878), North Brisbane (1878-1888), Brisbane North (1888-1912), Brisbane (1912-1977) and Brisbane Central (1977-2017).

Members for McConnel[edit]

Member Party Term
  Grace Grace Labor 2017–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2017: McConnel[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Jamie Forster 10,017 36.5 −5.5
Labor Grace Grace 9,238 33.7 −2.5
Greens Kirsten Lovejoy 7,436 27.1 +7.8
Independent John Dobinson 283 1.0 +1.0
Independent Edward Gilmour 242 0.9 +0.9
Independent Kamala Emanuel 217 0.8 +0.8
Total formal votes 27,433 96.1 −2.3
Informal votes 1,128 3.9 +2.3
Turnout 28,561 81.6 +3.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Grace Grace 15,874 57.9 +4.8
Liberal National Jamie Forster 11,559 42.1 −4.8
Labor hold Swing +4.8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Queensland Redistribution Commission (26 May 2017). "Determination of Queensland's Legislative Assembly Electoral Districts" (PDF). Queensland Government Gazette. p. 188. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ Clun, Rachel (24 February 2017). "The stories behind the 19 new Queensland electorate names". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "2017 Queensland Redistribution". ABC Elections. Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ 2017 State General Election - McConnel - District Summary Archived 2017-12-01 at the Wayback Machine., ECQ.