Incumbent Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has secured his fourth term in parliament following the Federal election on Saturday, 2 July.
Mr Coulton said he was humbled the people of the Parkes electorate had thrown their support behind him again.
“It is a great honour to represent this diverse and dynamic electorate and I look forward to continuing to provide the best possible representation to every one of my constituents,” Mr Coulton said.
With the final outcome of the Federal election still pending, Mr Coulton said he shared the anxiety of many others across the electorate, particularly in relation to the Coalition’s pledge of $25 million for an integrated cancer centre located at Dubbo Hospital.
“I remain hopeful that the Coalition will be in a position to form Government and that the cancer centre will become a reality,” he said.
“In the event that this doesn’t happen, I want to assure the electorate that I will continue to work very hard to keep the cancer centre as a priority on the Federal political agenda and continue to push for an outcome.”
The Parkes electorate is the largest in NSW and covers more than 393,413 square kilometres, including Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle shire, Bourke, Dubbo, Broken Hill, Gunnedah, and Moree.
Despite being one of the “safest” seats in Australia as a National Party stronghold, there was a clear swing towards Labor on Saturday.
On a two-party preferred vote, Mr Coulton received 64.57 per cent of votes, compared to Labor candidate, Kate Stewart, on 35.43 per cent. This was a 5.4 per cent swing to Labor since the last Federal election.
Interestingly, in Coonabarabran,thesplit was closer again, with Mr Coulton on 60.35 per cent and Ms Stewart on 39.75 per cent.
Mark Coulton casts his vote at the Federal election on Saturday, 2 July. Mr Coulton has been returned as Member for Parkes.