Drum is declared the Nicholls winner

By Kyabram Free Press

THE federal seat of Nicholls officially belongs to the Nationals’ Damian Drum after the declaration of the poll last Wednesday.

Mr Drum was joined by several candidates as the Australian Electoral Commission divisional returning officer for Nicholls Craig Rickards completed the election process.

Mr Rickards read out the individual candidate results in the order they appeared on the ballot paper including their first preference votes.

The Nationals received 51.3 per cent of the first preference vote, followed by the Australian Labor Party with 19.4 per cent and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation with 11.3 per cent.

Once preferences were included, Mr Drum received 70.1 per cent of the vote, re-elected for a second term.

Mr Drum said he was delighted by the result and was honoured to serve as the first MP for Nicholls.

He thanked Mr Rickards and his team for their work, as well as his own staff who came and supported him on the day.

Mr Drum said the past few weeks had been ‘‘pretty hectic’’.

‘‘So we’ve had a lot of quick catch-ups and we’ve had to jump back onto a whole range of water policy meetings because that is the biggest issue,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re trying to work through the ACCC terms of reference to get that inquiry up and running and that’s going to be an important process.’’

Mr Drum said he was currently working through a number of other issues such as visas and infrastructure as well as the $2 million commitment made to ConnectGV.

‘‘There’s a whole range of funding projects that we’ve announced and we need to make sure are followed through,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s a fair bit of work that’s been going on and it’s been great that now we’ve got ministers we can talk to from within the Coalition and we’re all looking forward to getting back into it and getting back to work.’’