OCEAN Grove will be watching the new government with interest – in particular the promise that the final funding to complete Shell Road was guaranteed with the Coalition victory.
Sarah Henderson, who made the pre-election promise, was elected with 54 per cent of the vote (after preferences and as it stood on Friday).
That was a clear ten per cent ahead of incumbent Darren Cheeseman.
The Green vote held up around 11.5 per cent.
Although Cheeseman conceded early after the poll on September 7, Henderson was keen to make sure the marginal seat was won beyond doubt.
“It is a great honour to be elected as the Member for Corangamite. I thank the people of Corangamite for putting their trust and faith in me to represent them.
“My work as a strong local voice representing the community has already begun.
Henderson said her immediate focus would be on job creation and investing in the infrastructure of the future.
“I’m committed to delivering 21st century infrastructure to Corangamite, including upgrades to the Great Ocean Road, duplicating the Princes Highway through to Colac and revamping sporting and community facilities across the region.”
The revamping of sporting facilities includes the promise that a Federal Coalition Government would deliver $3.5 million to build a sports pavilion at Shell Road Reserve.
At the time she said: “Our funding commitment means that construction on a new home for Ocean Grove football, netball, soccer and cricket is now fully funded.”
Following the election Henderson added: “I acknowledge the efforts of Darren Cheeseman as the local MP since 2007.
“On behalf of the electorate I thank him for his contribution to the local community throughout his term of office.”
OCEAN Grove voters went to the polls at three locations on federal election day, with a slightly jovial atmosphere of cooperation between most of those taking part.
You wouldn’t think so looking at the fear-invoking signage posted at the entrances.
But at least one local campaigner said that national politicians could learn a lot by the way the grassroots activists get along constructively on the big day.
“On election day I was handing out ‘how to vote’ cards together with volunteers from different political parties,” explained Lyn Mulligan. “There would be few countries in the world today where volunteers would not feel threatened by doing so.
“The camaraderie amongst these volunteers was understanding, talking and laughing together. One of the opposition to myself shouted myself and others coffee. Another held my strategic place while I left briefly.”
The polling stations were also staffed by local volunteers who handled questions and ensured the process was carried out smoothly and correctly.