2018-2022 electoral district map
Features of the district
This remote country district extends from the Iron Triangle City of Whyalla on the Spencer Gulf, west and north-west to the borders with Western Australia and the Northern Territory and encompasses pastoral leases, Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal Land and Crown Land.
Approximately 497,005 km2
Giles includes the City of Whyalla, the District Councils of Coober Pedy (including the localities of Coober Pedy, Marla and Oodnadatta), Franklin Harbour and Kimba, the Flinders Ranges Council, Roxy Downs Municipal Council, part of the Pastoral Unincorporated Area (including the locality of Tarcoola), Maralinga-Tjatjura, and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (including the localities of Ernabella, Fregon, Mimili and Mintabie).
Giles was contested and represented for the first time in 1993, following its creation at the 1991 boundaries redistribution.
Origin of the name
The district is named after William Ernest Giles (1835-1897) who arrived in Adelaide in 1850, and in later life explored much of the hinterland of this rural district. He led the 1872 and 1873 expeditions into Central Australia to find a practicable route to Western Australia, ‘discovering’ Lake Amadeus and Mount Olga. His third major expedition in 1875 crossed the Great Victoria Desert to WA, returning across the Gibson Desert. This won him a gold medal from the Royal Geographical Society, London, in 1880. He also explored the Musgrave Ranges in 1882.
Key boundary changes compared to 2014
Frome gains the District Council of Franklin Harbour including the localities of Cowell, Lucky Bay, Midgee, Miltalie, Minbrie, Mitchellville and Port Gibbon.
For full details see 2016 Report of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (PDF 1.8 MB).
Representation and results
|Frank T. Blevins||ALP||1993 - 1997|
|Lynette R. Breuer||ALP||1997 - 2014|
|Eddie Hughes||ALP||2014 -|