2022–2026 electoral district map

2022 Electoral District of Finniss (PDF, 1.22MB)

Features of the district


This district situated in the southern part of the state includes popular residential and holiday seaside towns along Encounter Bay, as well as Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray River.


Approximately 1,395.4 km2


Finniss incorporates the localities of Back Valley, Chiton, Clayton Bay, Currency Creek, Encounter Bay, Finniss, Goolwa, Goolwa Beach, Goolwa North, Goolwa South, Hayborough, Hindmarsh Island, Hindmarsh Tiers, Hindmarsh Valley, Lower Inman Valley, McCracken, Middleton, Milang, Mosquito Hill, Mount Compass, Mount Jagged, Mount Observation, Mundoo Island, Nurragi, Nangkita, Point Sturt, Port Elliot, Sandergrove, Tooperang, and Victor Harbor. It also includes part of Inman Valley, Lake Alexandrina and Waitpinga. 


The district was created at the 1991 redistribution of boundaries and first contested and represented in 1993.

Origin of the name

The district is named after Boyle Travers Finniss (1807-1893), who emigrated to South Australia in 1836 as one of Colonel Light’s surveyors. At various times he occupied the positions of Deputy Surveyor-General, Police Commissioner, Legislative Councillor, Colonial Secretary and in 1856 was chosen as the first Chief Secretary and then Premier of the Province. He surveyed southern Fleurieu Peninsula and other areas. The locality of Finniss is located in the north-east of the district in its current form.

Key boundary changes following the 2020 redistribution

Finniss gains the localities of Clayton Bay, Milang, Nurragi, Point Sturt and Sandergrove, and a portion of the locality of Lake Alexandrina.

For full details see the 2020 Report of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (PDF, 1.6MB)

Representation and results

Members since first represented in 1993
Dean C. Brown LIB 1993–2006
Michael R. Pengilly LIB 2006–2018
David Basham LIB 2018–present

Election results