The results from the remaining pre-poll booths and postal votes has confirmed NSW Nationals candidate Austin Evans has won the seat of Murray, replacing retiring member Adrian Piccoli.
Although the result on election night was strong, the victory has now been confirmed with the Shooters Party conceding defeat earlier this afternoon.
Austin said he was humbled to take the reins and is ready to get to work.
“I am humbled by the trust shown in me by the electorate and am looking forward to getting on with the job,” he said Austin.
“My priorities remain the same. A top of my agenda is the $35 million stage one of the Griffith Hospital and fighting for the next stages, de-gazetting the Murray Valley National Park, and fixing the water issues that have been plaguing oir communities once and for all.”
Austin thanked the communities of the Riverina for their support and assured them their voice will not be lost in Parliament.
“As someone inside the government, I've already been in the ears of ministers demanding a better deal for us” said Austin.
“During the campaign, I travelled the length and breadth of the electorate to listen to and understand the issues facing our region.”
“The message we got at the polls was clear and you can bet I’ll be making my opinion known.”
"For me the electorate will always come before my party."
“But as a National, I'll be allowed tk speak my mind and I’ll have a say at the decision-making table."
"I’ll be working hard to ensure the government not only delivers on its promises but continues to invest in our community.”
Austin was born and raised in the Riverina, and is a Councillor on Murrumbidgee Council and an engineer with Coleambally Irrigation.
He will be resigning from council at date that is suitable for his community and will be donating any salary from his council position to charity while he concurrently serves.
It is expected that Austin, along with successful Nationals Candidate for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, will be sworn into NSW Parliament later this week.