COUNTING of Eden-Monaro votes in the federal election up until yesterday evening has confirmed that Liberal candidate Peter Hendy has won the seat.
Mr Hendy led former Member Mike Kelly by 1105 votes on a two-party preferred basis, claiming 50.62 per cent and registering a swing away from Labor of 4.86 per cent.
Mr Kelly had conceded the seat last week, while Mr Hendy was waiting for a final count before claiming victory.
In all, 93,838 votes were cast in Eden-Monaro. The Liberals claimed 45.29 per cent of first preference votes, followed by Labor on 38.79 per cent, the Greens on 7.5 per cent, and the Palmer United Party on 5.22 per cent. Other candidates each recorded less than 2 per cent of first preference votes, and the informal vote was 5.5 per cent.
Mr Hendy said he wished to thank Dr Kelly for his service on behalf of the electorate and wished him well for the future. He also thanked the other candidates.
“My FEC chair Andy Heath had done a sterling job, as did the many individuals and party office bearers who have contributed to this win over a long period of time,” Mr Hendy said.
“Thank you one and all. You have been fantastic,” he said.
He said his campaign focused on the need for building stronger small businesses as they would generate future jobs in Eden-Monaro. “Those will be the areas where I want to make a difference,” Mr Hendy said.