The hype was over and it was time to get down to the serious business of voting on Saturday to elect a new Federal Government, with voters turning out in force at all local electoral polling stations.By Bob Nicol
And there was a long queue facing voters at Tatura’s Victory Hall mid-morning as people endeavoured to get their votes on prior to heading to the football or participating in other activities.
In the lower house of Murray, 11 candidates stood, including sitting Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone who was returned with a clear majority.
With more than 82 per cent of the votes counted, the latest figures see Dr Stone polling 47 953 votes, 61.7 per cent of the count, well ahead of her Labor opponent Rod Higgins 15 970 (20.6 per cent).
On a two-party preferred basis, Dr Stone had 71.3 per cent of the vote with Mr Higgins securing 28.7 per cent.
With 4520 informal votes, the election saw a 1.7 per cent swing to the Liberal Party (Stone).
Dr Stone has held the seat of Murray since 1996.
The electorate covers 19 500 sq km with the major population centres being Echuca, Cobram, Kyabram, Yarrawonga, Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura.
Tristram Chellew, Sex Party, 2039 — 2.6 per cent.
Michael John Bourke, Katter’s Australian Party, 2178, 2.8 per cent.
Wendy Buck, Independent, 976 — 1.3 per cent.
Damien Stevens, The Greens, 2909 — 3.7 per cent.
Catriona Cecilia Thoolen, Palmer United Party, 2586 — 3.3 per cent.
Fern Summer, Bullet Train For Australia, 869 — 1.1 per cent.
Raymond Hungerford, Rise Up Australia Party, 513 — 0.7 per cent.
Alan Walker, Family First Party, 1398 — 1.8 per cent.
Jeff Davy, Citizens Electoral Council, 279 — 0.4 per cent.
Dr Stone said on Monday it was humbling that people continued to support her in what turned out to be around a two per cent swing.
‘‘With this endorsement I will go on fighting the fight,’’ she said.
Dr Stone cited the carbon tax as probably the biggest concern in the Goulburn Valley, with businesses in particular hit hard by the Gillard-Rudd Government policy, and she said this would be one of the first issues looked at by the new Liberal National Government.
‘‘It’s fantastic that Murray has helped to throw out what was a totally dysfunctional government that was particularly hurting regional Australia,’’ she said.
Dr Stone said she attended a number of polling booths on Saturday, large and small, and received the same reception at each one.
‘‘It was like a big family, you give it your hardest and people respect that,’’ she said.
‘‘Now it’s time to get down to the job ahead.’’
The cause of a house fire at a vacant Shepparton house yesterday morning is under investigation.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
BLU needs a big win if it hopes to progress to the stage of the GMC Twenty20 tournament.
More residents coming forward to make official complaints is behind a rise in assaults in the Campaspe region, according to police.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Reigning Murray Valley Cricket Association premier Strathmerton was far too good for Finley on Saturday, registering a 115-run victory.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
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The official launch of the Murray Valley Industry Park facility today will see the announcement of the Deni Innovation Expo 2014 date.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
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