A QUICK ceremony was held in Nowra on Friday to officially declare the results of the 2013 election in Gilmore.
On behalf of the Australian Electoral Commission Gilmore’s returning officer Peter Manly announced the first preference votes for each candidate; Steve Ryan 3030, Neil Reilly 31,789, Terry Barratt 8438, Lyndal Harris 5726 and the candidate elected to represent the electorate of Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, 41,726.
Once the ceremony was over Ms Sudmalis said she felt excited because her position as member for Gilmore was now official.
“Today I got the keys to the electorate office. I can really get started on this now,” she said.
Greens candidate for Gilmore, Terry Barratt, attended the declaration and congratulated Ms Sudmalis on her election.
“I discussed the promised $10 million for further studies of the proposed new bridge over the Shoalhaven River with Ann, she confirmed that the funds are for design work and environmental studies over the next two years and that the project is a replacement of the old 132 year bridge not a third bridge.
“I took this issue up during the election campaign with the intention of bringing the federal government into the funding arrangements for this, the most important infrastructure improvement on the Princes Highway,” Mr Barratt said.
“I can assure the community that the Greens will be continuing to press for federal funding for the construction phase including provision in the design for an eventual rail crossing of the river.”