LNP candidate wins every booth

SUPPORT: Newly elected Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan with John Atkinson, Jack and Diane Dobbins, Cian Middleton, Col Howes and Eunice and Wally Gray, who supported the "can-do" candidate throughout his campaign.
SUPPORT: Newly elected Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan with John Atkinson, Jack and Diane Dobbins, Cian Middleton, Col Howes and Eunice and Wally Gray, who supported the "can-do" candidate throughout his campaign.

ON SATURDAY, March 24, LNP candidate Jason Costigan took the seat of Whitsunday by storm, winning at each of the electorate's 24 booths on primary vote alone. Mr Costigan has been campaigning for more than a year. 

"57 weeks of blood, sweat and tears came to an end on Saturday night, from 19 February 2011 to 24 March 2012," Mr Costigan said.

At 7.36pm Mr Costigan received a call from Labor's sitting member Jan Jarratt conceding defeat.

"She said, "I wish you well" and I in turn acknowledged her contribution to public life. It was very gracious of her to call me, particularly so early in the night," he said.

The absentee and pre-poll votes are still being counted but Mr Costigan was in Airlie Beach this week thanking his supporters.

"I'm very humbled by the amount of support and the faith that's been bestowed upon me," he said.

"We had people helping us all day that hadn't helped before - that hadn't been part of the political process - ex-fire fighters, sons of graziers, people in small business…We couldn't have done it without them. I dip my hat because we had people coming out of the woodwork to give us a go."

Yesterday Mr Costigan attended the first LNP party room in Brisbane along with all the other newly elected MP's. He said it would now be the job of the new treasurer Tim Nicholls to establish "how big of a financial black hole we're in".

"But notwithstanding that I know what the issues are and I will be coming good on my pre-election commitments and that goes for everything from the Bruce Highway to boat ramps," he said.


"I'm deeply grateful to the people of Whitsunday for their support and confidence in me as their local member over the past 11 years. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve locals in ensuring our local issues received priority in Brisbane. I'm proud of the changes Labor has delivered for the people of Queensland and the way we have transformed our great state. I wish Jason well as part of a new LNP government, especially in his important role acting as a champion for this wonderful part of the world." - Jan Jarratt - ALP

"It was a fantastic experience. I congratulate the member for Whitsunday. I really want to thank and acknowledge the support from the community and also my friends and family." - Amanda Camm - KAP

"I'd like to thank the people who supported the Greens. We did the best we could. I think it was a good overall result given the change of government. I think Amanda Camm was a very good strong candidate. It'll be interesting to see if it's a long term thing for the Katter Party here or not." - Jonathan Dykyj - Greens 

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