A result for the seat of Indi could be known as early as this morning, with less than 500 vote still to be counted.By Monique Freer
A result for the seat of Indi could be known this morning, with less than 500 declaration votes left to count.
At the close of counting yesterday independent Cathy McGowan led the Liberal Member of Parliament Sophie Mirabella by 387 votes on a two-candidate-preferred basis. She had 44 423 votes (50.22 per cent) and Mrs Mirabella 44 036 (49.78 per cent).
‘‘I’m really pleased, it just adds to that feeling that the community of Indi has done a fantastic job,’’ Ms McGowan told the Ensign.
‘‘I’m hopeful we’ll get over the line. If I get in as an independent it’ll be a magnificent thing.’’
Phil Diak from the Australian Electoral Commission said scrutiny was being conducted on previous vote counts yesterday, and it was likely counting would resume for the remaining votes today.
Some of the final postal votes will not be counted until Friday, as under AEC regulations officials must allow 13 days for all postal votes to be received.
However, Mrs Mirabella has been slowly edging closer to Ms McGowan, cutting her lead from 1452 votes on Thursday to 515 late on Sunday.
Ms McGowan’s lead was bolstered by the discovery of 1000 votes for her at a Wangaratta pre-polling booth last Wednesday.
AEC public awareness officer Dan Doherty said a routine check identified there were 1003 more senate ballot papers than those for the house of representatives, forcing a fresh scrutiny.
For full story see this week's Ensign.
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On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
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Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
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The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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