TWEED MP Geoff Provest and his wife Aune celebrate yesterday?s official declaration of polls.
TWEED MP Geoff Provest and his wife Aune celebrate yesterday?s official declaration of polls.

Official nod for Provest

By DARREN COYNE

IT'S official! Geoff Provest was yesterday declared the winner of the election for the seat of Tweed, although none of his competitors bothered turning up for the announcement.

Sore losers?

Mr Provest would not be drawn on that question but he did say that all the other candidates (except for the mysterious Will King of the Australians Against Further Immigration party) had contacted him to congratulate him on the win.

"They are all leaders in their own right and I plan to work with them on behalf of the community," Mr Provest said.

So in an otherwise empty electoral office, with boxes full of voting slips all packed away, and office equipment ready to go back into storage, Mr Provest thanked his supporters and promised to represent all people of the Tweed, not just those who voted for him.

"It's been really hectic, the actual campaign, but now I have a real desire to get on with the job. I see a very bright future for the Tweed," Mr Provest said.

"I plan to be a regular at various community meetings and I'm still keen to be the chairman of the Red Shield Appeal in the Tweed, and work as an independent director of Bowls Australia."

Mr Provest also wants to continue as the coordinator of the Banora Point Neighbourhood Watch group.

For now, however, he will be busy today moving into the electoral office vacated by former MP Neville Newell.

Once all preferences were distributed, Mr Provest was declared the winner with 19,435 votes to Mr Newell's 17,257 votes.

The final result was declared by returning officer Len Sparreboom, who said he would now return to his retirement until the next election.



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