Although he posed a serious threat to Liberal stalwart Sussan Ley’s six-term reign, independent hopeful Kevin Mack was unsuccessful on election night.
The Albury mayor and former police officer built his campaign on a solid water portfolio, garnering support from many irrigation farmers.
Despite widespread national attention on the seat in the lead-up, he only managed to scrape together 21 per cent of the primary vote on Saturday night.
Mr Mack congratulated Ms Ley on her win and said he was proud of his team’s efforts.
‘‘As an independent candidate it was my aim to create a contest in Farrer that drew attention to the region and demanded more focus on our important issues, such as water, health and connectivity,’’ he said.
‘‘We definitely brought the spotlight to Farrer and I am proud of what our small team has been able to achieve.’’