Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has been officially declared the winner of the 2016 Indi Federal poll. The Australian Electoral Commission Divisional Returning Officer – Division of Indi Jenny Essex made the announcement at the Declaration of the Poll on Thursday, August 4. Ms McGowan won with a two-party preferred vote of 49,421. This represented 54.83 per cent of the vote and a swing of 4.58 per cent.
“It’s a privilege to be re-elected as Indi representative. Thanks to the people who have put their trust in me to be the Independent Member for a second term,” Ms McGowan said. “Congratulations to the other nine candidates for contesting the election. The decision to stand takes courage and commitment. Voters in Indi were fortunate to have a wide range of candidates from which to choose a representative.”
Ms McGowan acknowledged the efforts of more than 700 volunteers to “Keep the Seat Orange”.
“I am filled with gratitude for the successful community campaign, and the Orange Movement for making it happen,” she said.
Ms McGowan said the next three years would be a continuation of the successful community politics model that has delivered for the North East. “My focus continues to be working to make Indi a caring, prosperous community alive with opportunities for all,” Ms McGowan said. “I am proudly Independent and will continue to cast my vote in Parliament to put the interests of Indi first.”
Ms McGowan is committed to working with the Government to focus on the needs of Indi and regional Australia. “I will be a strong advocate for our region, to get our tax dollars returned to build the infrastructure and support services we need,” she said.
Ms McGowan will work on key areas including:
- renewable energy
- youth employment opportunities
- arts and culture
Ms McGowan outlined her second term commitments at the Election campaign Launch in Wodonga on June 5. Visit the website for a transcript of the campaign launch speech.