Flynn a win for the Coalition, Trevor won't run again
ALP candidate Chris Trevor has conceded the seat of Flynn and says he is walking away from politics.
He called Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd to congratulate him on reclaiming the seat, before holding a press conference on Monday morning.
Mr Trevor said this election had been his fifth campaign, and it was time to take a step back and let another candidate run in Flynn.
He said it was impossible for him to win support in the regional areas.
But Mr Trevor said with the enormous support from Gladstone he wouldn't rule out a return to local council.
Meanwhile, Ken O'Dowd is preparing for a second term as the member for Flynn, with the marked difference that he now has the support of government behind him.
His priority is to see the carbon tax and mining tax abolished, reducing red tape and regulations for small businesses and ensuring better communication services across the region.
Mr Trevor told the media he had run a good strong campaign but it wasn't enough.
"There is always honour in the battle and there is always honour in standing up for what you believe in, and for me, we stood tall," he said.
"I've had enormous support in the Gladstone region but it's impossible for me in the future to win the seat of Flynn in the broader community, so today I walk away from politics."
He said the Kin Kora roundabout project was a "consolation prize" for Gladstone.
Mr O'Dowd said Labor's projects would remain on the table and be based on their own merit.
"Once we get the economy under control we'll see business come back to where it was," he said.
He said he would immediately begin working towards delivering his election commitments including the Kin Kora project, construction of change rooms for sport clubs in Gladstone and Moura, and upgrading CCTV cameras for the Gladstone PCYC and the North Burnett safety project.
Commitments also include establishing an emergency services co-ordination centre in Gayndah, sensor lighting for Blackwater Rotary Park and upgrades to the Gracemere streetscapes and Mount Morgan Showgrounds.
Earlier: Although there are still around 20,000 votes to be returned and counted, Mr Trevor said he believed the result would be in Mr O'Dowd's favour.
He hoped Mr O'Dowd would take on the projects the ALP put forward for Flynn and promote them for consideration.
Mr O'Dowd said he was pleased to be returned to his position, and looked forward to being in government.
He said would now work to repay all the people of Flynn.
"We want to see more infrastructure for Gladstone," he said.
He said all projects for Flynn were on the table, and would be decided on based on their own merit.
Because he knows all the ministers on the front bench, and had many visit over the last three years, he was confident that Flynn would now get a fair go.
Sunday: ALP candidate Chris Trevor conceded the election to LNP sitting member Ken O'Dowd on Monday morning.
EARLIER: Political experts don't seem in any doubt that the LNP's Ken O'Dowd has retained the seat of Flynn.
By Sunday afternoon Mr O'Dowd was still well in front of the ALP's Chris Trevor, with 54.64% of the two-party preferred vote to Mr Trevor's 45.36%.
All 113 of the electorate's booths had been returned.
The seat was called a win for the Coalition early on election night, despite both main candidates declining to declare a victory or concede.
After the experience of the 2010 election where Mr Trevor was well ahead on voting night only for Mr O'Dowd to come back and win following late postal and pre-polling votes, neither candidate says the race is over yet.
Labor claimed a majority of votes in Gladstone itself, but the west and south of the electorate stood strong for the LNP.
Meanwhile, for a candidate that Gladstone barely saw, Palmer United Party hopeful Steve Ensby claimed a strong following within Flynn, taking out 9.2% of votes.
Both of the majors held campaign parties to watch the election results from close of booths. The Labor camp was out at the Brothers Rugby League clubrooms while LNP supporters were at the Gladstone Turf Club.
The mood was quiet at Ken O'Dowd's, with a big disappointment after the TV stopped working barely an hour into the count.
Members had to rely on those with smartphones to give the latest updates via the Australian Electoral Commission's Virtual Tally Room.
Mr O'Dowd was reserved and took on each new set of results with a poker face.
"I'm hesitant to say anything too soon," he said.
"It was Murphy's law last time around."
He referred to an incident in the 2010 election where two ballot boxes were incorrectly handled in Flynn, striking out almost 500 votes.
Over in the Trevor camp they were celebrating the wins in Gladstone but still said it was too close to call.
"We're only operating on we've won every booth, including Calliope, by a landslide in Gladstone, but our booths out west have cost us dearly again, just as they did in 2010," said Mr Trevor.
"A very similar pattern is forming as it did in 2010 except there is a lot of leakage coming back to the ALP from Katter and the PUP this time.
"Normally in this situation the seat would be lost because of the postal votes that come from out west, but given the leakage we're winning the preference votes, so I can't really call it."
Despite telling The Observer he believed it would still be a week before seeing a result, Mr Trevor has since announced a media conference for 11am on Monday.
- Polling Places Returned: 113 of 113
- Turnout: 76.32%
TWO CANDIDATE PREFERRED:
- LNP Ken O'Dowd, 37,703 or 54.64%
- Labor Chris Trevor, 31,298 or 45.36%
FIRST PREFERENCE VOTES FOR FLYNN:
- Craig Tomsett, independent, 1,237
- Ken O'Dowd, LNP, 30,912
- Duncan Scott, independent, 615
- Kinglsey Dickins, RUP, 471
- Serena Thompson, Greens, 1,458
- Renae Moldre, FF, 1,003
- Steve Ensby, PUP, 6,355
- Richard Love, KAP, 2,641
- Chris Trevor, ALP, 24,382
Results as at 3pm on 8/9/13, vtr.aec.gov.au