GREENS candidate Pat Schultz was pleased she polled more than 4 per cent this time – making the party eligible for election funding in New England for the first time.
Mrs Schultz had 3501 votes (as of yesterday), gaining 4.28 per cent of the vote, a swing of 0.71 per cent.
The funding would be very helpful for the next election campaign.
“CSG had quite an impact and Gonski had some impact. There was a slow growth in some areas, I think it was the Gunnedah area that brought us up. I think the farmers are sending a strong message that they don’t want CSG,” she said.
Mrs Schultz said she had “an excellent reception all around the electorate” and enjoyed the campaign.
“I was really surprised when older farmers in Caroona came up to me to talk about voting Greens for the first time in their lives,” she said.
“An over 81-year-old from Mullaley came up to me at AgQuip and handed out how-to-vote cards for us.”
Mrs Schultz hasn’t considered running again yet and wouldn’t rule out running as a state candidate, depending on who else was interested.