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STATE ELECTION Results
Tuesday 25 March 2014
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THE shift of Balaklava, a strong
Liberal voting booth into the seat
of Frome had little impact on the
margin of Independent MP, Geoff
Brock, who retained the seat and
should increase his margin after
Before postal votes are counted,
Mr Brock has a lead of 15.8 per cent
in the two-party preferred stakes
over Liberal candidate, Kendall
"I'm very grateful the people of
Frome have continued to trust in
me," Mr Brock said.
Mr Brock received just 130 of
the 1201 formal votes lodged in the
polling booth at Balaklava, a fgure
he largely attributes to keeping his
distance to avoid confusion for the
townspeople in the lead up to the
Following an electoral bound-
ary change, Balaklava went from
Goyder to the electorate of Frome
after the State Election.
"I didn't want to upset (Goyder
MP), Steven Griffths, or confuse
the people of Balaklava over who
their elected member was, just as
a mark of respect for Mr Griffths
and the Balaklava community," Mr
"Seven or eight months ago, I
promised I would not go there until
the election was formally called."
He pledged to make a strong ef-
fort meeting the business owners,
development boards and wider com-
munity of Balaklava immediately
into his new term.
Mr Brock said the town now had
an Independent MP who works hard
for all constituents, regardless of
"I like to help people out, irre-
spective of where they come from
or what they do," he explained.
"As an Independent, I have the
ability to open doors and get into
Ministers’ offces quickly.”
Regional health services and
rural road improvements are also
high on his agenda.
Vanquished Liberal candidate,
Kendall Jackson, said she was
disappointed the forecast change
in government did not eventuate,
as refected in the voting in Frome.
"Across the electorate, people in-
dicated they were ready for change,
so I'm still hopeful of a Liberal
government win," she said.
“I was quite pleased with how I
went but I was surprised the people
in the country were not voting for
the change in government.
"It was always going to be a
tough race in Frome and I felt I did
everything that I could.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed it
though, it's been a fantastic experi-
ence and I would go around again
if given another go."
Mrs Jackson polled particularly
well in Balaklava and Clare booths
but other booths that would be tra-
ditional Liberal voting areas didn't
follow that trend, with Redhill,
Lochiel, Brinkworth and Laura all
showing reasonable support for Mr
"There were some disappoint-
ments in there as well as some big
surprises," Mrs Jackson said.
Overall, Mr Brock claimed
44.6 per cent of the primary vote,
followed by Mrs Jackson on 36.7
Marcus Connelly (Labor) and
Wendy Joyce (Family First) picked
up 11 per cent and 5.3 per cent of
the primary vote respectively, while
Rob Scott (Greens) claimed the fnal
2.5 per cent.
Vote counter: Frome
Geoff Brock (Independent): 44.6%
Kendall Jackson (Liberal): 36.7%
Marcus Connelly (Labor): 11%
Wendy Joyce (Family First): 5.3%
Rob Scott (Greens) 2.5%
Votes counted: 67.9%
A "HUMBLED" Steven
Griffths retained the seat of
Goyder for another four years,
his margin reducing slightly but
still fnishing comfortably ahead
of his challengers.
Mr Griffths faced a small
swing against him on the back
of electoral boundary redistribu-
tions, which cut the traditional
Liberal voting town of Balak-
lava out of Goyder and added
in Two Wells and surrounding
"Balaklava has been a strong
supportive community of me
in the past,” Mr Griffths said.
"To pick up 57 per cent of
the vote in Two Wells though,
was blooming fantastic."
The new Goyder community
also presents new issues for Mr
Griffths to work on, including
the Hickinbotham residential
development and the new pro-
posed shopping area.
"The challenge is now before
me," he said.
Mr Griffths was expecting
some diffculties in Yorke Pen-
insula communities on the back
of recent issues, including wind
farms and mining leases.
"In those more traditional
Liberal areas, there was the
suggestion of some challenges
but the strong fgures coming out
of those areas were humbling
too," he said.
As Shadow Regional Devel-
opment Minister, the possibility
of becoming a minister of cabi-
net should the Liberals win the
election is quite high.
That said, with the govern-
ment still in limbo, the waiting
game is now on.
"It's terrible, honestly, it's
terrible,” Mr Griffths said of
the government situation.
"I was a strong believer that
group being called before the
Governor to be sworn in and
then be out doing things for the
people of Goyder and South
"Being in limbo doesn't
necessarily help anybody."
With Independent Frome
MP, Geoff Brock, now playing a
key role in deciding which side
forms government, Mr Griffths
hoped their previous working
relationship could be a factor
in Mr Brock's decision.
"As a Shadow Minister, there
is a great opportunity for Geoff
and I to work closely together,"
Mr Griffths fnished with
a 24.8 per cent margin in two-
party preferred voting over
Labor's Elyse Ramsay.
Family First candidate,
John Bennett, attracted 7.3 per
cent of votes in Goyder, while
Independent candidate, Bob
Nicholls, jagged almost fve per
cent of the vote in an impressive
frst up showing.
"Thank you to all voters who
exercised their democratic right
to vote," Mr Nicholls said.
"A very special thank you
to those who supported my
"At age 65, I will leave state
and federal politics to younger
"I will now throw my ener-
gies into the Yorke Peninsula
Council in my role as an elected
"It is my intention to contest
the Local Government elections
"The experience I have been
fortunate to receive during the
last weeks I believe will make
me a better elected member for
the Yorke Peninsula Council
Brock welcomes Balaklava
INDUSTRY: (from left) Agriculture Minister, Gail Gago, AMG’s Hayden Battle and Independent
Frome MP, Geoff Brock, pictured at a grant announcement earlier this year. Mr Brock is looking
forward to working with businesses, industries and people in the Balaklava district, after defeating
Liberal candidate, Kendall Jakcon (pictured right) on Saturday.
Vote counter: Goyder
Steven Griffths (Liberal): 53.5%
Elyse Ramsay (Labor): 29.4%
John Bennett (Family First): 7.3%
Bob Nicholls (Independent): 4.9%
Graham Smith (Greens) 3.2%
Kim McWaters (Nationals) 1.7%
Votes counted: 73.6%
Griffiths' grip on Goyder
slides slightly on small swing
LEFT: Re-elected Goyder
MP, Steven Griffths, who
easily retained his seat,
while (above) Independent
candidate, Bob Nicholls,
put in a good showing on a
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