The federal electorate of Bennelong covers an area of approximately 58 sq km, and takes in the suburbs of Denistone, Denistone East, Epping, East Ryde, Eastwood, Macquarie Park, Marsfield, Meadowbank, Melrose Park, Putney, North Epping, North Ryde, Ryde, West Ryde and parts of Carlingford, Ermington and Gladesville, in the North Western suburbs of Sydney.
Bordered by the Parramatta River to the south and running the bush line of the Lane Cove National Park to the east, the electorate is named after Woollarawarre Bennelong, an Aboriginal native who befriended the Europeans under the governance of Captain Arthur Phillip, soon after European settlers arrived in Australia.
The electorate of Bennelong is home to 42 schools, Macquarie University, the third largest commercial office region in NSW – Macquarie Business Park – and a diverse multicultural population.
Liberal MP, John Alexander OAM, holds the seat after winning his second term in office at the 2013 federal election.
Previous members for the seat of Bennelong include:
- Maxine McHugh – Labor (2007 – 2010)
- John Howard – Liberal (1974 – 2007) Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 – 2007
- John Cramer – Liberal (1949 – 1974)
Bennelong takes in the entire city of Ryde Council area, as well as small segments of both Hornsby Shire Council and Parramatta City Council areas. In addition, Bennelong houses the state electorate of Ryde, as well as parts of Epping, Lane Cove and Parramatta.