THE safe Labor seat of Fowler is once again being challenged, and this time new parties have thrown their names into the mix.
The seat of Fowler was created in 1984. It is named after Lilian Fowler (1887-1954), the first woman alderman in NSW who served from 1929 to 1948 and the first woman mayor in Australia from 1938 to 1939. She was also a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly from 1944 to 1950.
Fowler has been a safe Labor seat since its creation. It was represented by Ted Grace from 1984 until retiring, then Julia Irwin from 1998 until retiring. Sitting MP Chris Hayes was elected at the 2010 election.
Fowler covers an area of about 69 square kilometres. Its suburbs include Ashcroft, Austral, Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Busby, Cabramatta, Cabramatta West, Canley Heights, Canley Vale, Cartwright, Cecil Hills, Cecil Park, Edensor Park, Green Valley, Greenfield Park, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Lansvale, Liverpool, Middleton Grange, Miller, Mount Pritchard, Prairiewood, Sadleir, St Johns Park, Wakeley and West Hoxton.