2022–2026 electoral district map
Features of the district
This country district is located in the south-east of the state, sandwiched between the Southern Ocean to the west and the Victorian border to the east. MacKillop includes the coastal towns of Beachport, Kingston South East and Robe, and the rural centres of Bordertown, Keith, Millicent, Naracoorte, and Penola. The district’s economy is based on pastoral farming, forestry and fishing.
Approximately 34,138.2 km2
MacKillop incorporates the district councils of Coorong, Kingston, Naracoorte Lucindale, Robe, Southern Mallee, Tatiara and Wattle Range. It includes, among others, the localities of Beachport, Bordertown, Lameroo, Keith, Kingston South East, Meningie, Millicent, Naracoorte, Penola, Tailem Bend and Robe.
The district of MacKillop was created at the 1991 redistribution and has been contested and represented continuously since 1993.
Origin of the name
The district is named after Mary Helen MacKillop (1842–1909), an Australian nun posthumously canonised by the Catholic Church in 2010, as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Although born in Victoria, MacKillop is best known for her activities in South Australia. In 1866 she founded in Penola the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites), a congregation of religious sisters that established schools and welfare institutions throughout the state and across Australasia, with an emphasis on education for the rural poor.
Key boundary changes following the 2020 redistribution
MacKillop gains the Southern Mallee District Council (which includes the localities of Lameroo, and Pinnaroo). It also gains the remainder of Coorong District Council (including the localities of Coomandook, Tailem Bend and portions of the localities of Lake Alexandrina and the remainder of Coonalpyn and Meningie East).
For full details see the 2020 Report of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (PDF, 1.6MB)
Representation and results
|Dale S. Baker||LIB||1993–1997|
|Michael R. (Mitch) Williams||IND/LIB||1997–2018|
|Philip Nicholas (Nick) McBride||LIB||2018–present|