REGION - The Liberal's Chris Crewther finally conceded defeat last week, making way for the National's Andrew Broad to claim victory in the federal seat of Mallee.
Mr Crewther had held out for 10 days hoping preferences would go his way, but two party preferred the result still finished well in Mr Broad's favour 56-44 percent.
Mr Broad said he was in early discussions with Northern Grampians Shire Council to have office space made available when he has a presence in town.
He said after travelling to Canberra for the joint party room meeting his first priority was to work to the commitments he made.
"I really want to lock away the things I said I was committed to and that includes addressing blackspots for mobile phone coverage," he said.
"I will also be following up on the Green Army commitment for Lake Lonsdale with Environment Minister Greg Hunt that Mr Crewther was able to secure."
Mr Broad received a concession call from Mr Crewther just days after the Prime Minister Tony Abbott phoned to congratulate him.
"Chris called to wish me well and pretty much just confirm what the figures were telling us," he said.
Mr Crewther polled well enough to secure 27 percent of first preference votes, but Mr Broad still collected almost 39 percent.
The Australian Electoral Commission found the difference between the two to be 10,166 votes two candidate preferred after all 110 polling booths were counted.
The result was the closest in two decades with the Liberal's running a challenger against their coalition partner for the first time since 1993.
The Coalition partners have an agreement that one party can only run a candidate against the other when the sitting member retires.
Mr Crewther said with the result decided by preferences and no one candidate winning the seat outright it was still a good result.
"The result was definitely a lot closer than it has been previously, we did the best we could in the time we had," he said.
"I think it is good for people to have a choice, good to have that contest."
Mr Crewther said he would now turn his attention to looking for another public advocacy role within the electorate.
Mr Broad welcomed the appointment of former Howard government ministers to Tony Abbott's ministry and said that over time he would bring in new blood.
He said it was disappointing that there was only one female member in the team.
"Yes I was disappointed by that. I think a greater gender balance brings something extra to policy development and I think the Prime Minister is aware of that.
"Everyone has to be appointed on merit and hopefully in the future we will see more women."
Of the 97,292 people enrolled to vote in the electorate of Mallee, turnout was almost 94 percent.
Despite the diverse range of candidates the informal vote rose by two percent to almost seven percent.
Katter's Australia Party bucked the nation wide swing away from its party to collect almost four percent of the vote.
The Palmer United party also benefited picking up more than three percent of first preferences.
Also contesting the seat of Mallee for the first time was the Australian Sex Party which scored almost 2.5 percent of first preferences.
The Greens were the biggest loser, suffering a swing of almost five percent away from the party.
Labor's Lydia Senior also lost out, the party's first preference vote dropping more than three percent, the same as Family First.
Mr Broad said he will continue to be based in Mildura, but also have an office in Swan Hill.