About

Dr Hugh McDermott MP lives in the State seat of Prospect with his wife Bettina and their young family. As the Labor Member for Prospect, he's ready to stand up for Western Sydney and make sure our area gets the attention it deserves.

Prior to his election to Parliament, Hugh worked as a Barrister and Director of Financial Crime Programs at the Australian Graduate School of Policing & Security, Charles Sturt University. His community involvement includes holding the positions of President of the Rotary Club of Wetherill Park, Trustee of the Smithfield RSL Sub-Branch (Hugh served 7 years with the Army Reserve), and as Brigade President and volunteer firefighter with the Rural Fire Service, Horsley Park.

 

Seat of Prospect

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The name "Prospect" was formerly the name of the Federal seat, which covers much of the same area, before the name of "McMahon" was given to the federal seat. A redistribution abolished the NSW state seats of Toongabbie and Smithfield and brought them together as the new state seat of Prospect. This act created one of the most interesting and diverse electorates in Australia. The north of the electorate, formerly Toongabbie, was represented by the member for Toongabbie, Premier Nathan Rees. The south of the electorate, formerly the seat of Smithfield,  was represented by the Andrew Rohan, of the Liberal Party of Australia.

The seat of Prospect is a melting pot of people from across the planet: Tamils, Assyrians, Italians, Lebanese, Indians, Filipinos, Maltese, Eastern Europeans, Irish and Anglo-Celtic Australians. Prospect has the largest industrial and manufacturing area in New South Wales, if not Australia, covering the industrial estates of Smithfield-Wetherill Park, Girraween, Eastern Creek, Huntingwood and Arndell Park, directly employing more than 30,000 people and indirectly employing more than 5,000.

In almost the centre of the electorate is the Prospect Reservoir, the main source of drinking water for the residents of Western Sydney.  Surrounding the reservoir and the industrial estates, almost like a horseshoe, are the residential areas of Blacktown, Prospect, Toongabbie, Girraween and Pendle Hill in the north, Greystanes and Pemulwuy in the centre, and Smithfield, Wetherill Park, Prairiewood and Bossley Park in the south.

Multicultural diversity abounds, with large and vibrant Tamil, Indian and Filipino communities in the north, great homemade pastizzi from the Maltese community in the centre, and the Assyrian Christian and Italian communities in the south. More than 122 languages are spoken, with more than half of our community either born overseas or having parents who were.  Religions are intertwined: Catholic, Orthodox, Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu faiths, all living in harmony. Three local government areas make up the seat of Prospect: Blacktown, Holroyd and Fairfield city councils.