Elected Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd with his supporters at the Liberal National Party headquarters in Goondoon Street on polling night.
Elected Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd with his supporters at the Liberal National Party headquarters in Goondoon Street on polling night. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Congratulatory messages pour in

ELECTED Member of Flynn, Nationals' Ken O'Dowd, was still receiving congratulatory phone calls and media interview requests at 4pm yesterday.

One of the first things Mr O'Dowd did after being declared winner of the Flynn electorate was pay his respects to the family and friends of the soldiers killed in Afghanistan on the weekend, before going on to thank his team.

“There can only be one winner,” he said. “To all the candidates, they were very good opponents. They fought a very hard and very tough campaign.”

Mr O'Dowd said he believed people feared loss of jobs from Labor's proposed Mining Resource Rent Tax, which was the key factor in the votes going to him and the Liberal National Party.

“Chris Trevor brought in every Tom, Dick and Harry to the Flynn electorate during the campaign to try and secure votes, making promises that are still questionable as to their affordability and it seems it hasn't made a difference,” he said. “I pay credit to Chris on behalf of the people of Flynn because he's done a good job for the people; he just works for the wrong party.”

He said there was hardly a corner of the electorate he didn't travel to during the campaign, talking to people and covering all issues, which he believed paid dividends.

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