Rowan Ramsey re-elected in Grey

DEMOCRACY: Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey casts a vote ahead of his victory in the rural electorate.
DEMOCRACY: Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey casts a vote ahead of his victory in the rural electorate.

Incumbent Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has retained his seat at the 2019 Federal Election in a landslide which could see him elected on first preferences alone.

With just under 80% of votes counted, Liberal candidate Mr Ramsey had exactly 50% of all first preferences, with second-placed Labor candidate Karin Bolton on 23.4%.

Despite coming close to winning the seat in 2016, Centre Alliance candidate Andrea Broadfoot collected just 5.5% of the vote, 3.1% behind One Nation candidate David Stone.

The result strongly reflected the view of the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, with polling places across the region returning between 65% and 80% first preference votes for Mr Ramsey.

Mr Ramsey celebrated the win and the predicted victory of the Liberal Party on Saturday night with his family in Kadina.

"I would like to thank all of those who chose to return me and I am extremely pleased the Morrison Government has been voted in for another term," he said.

"Now is the time to get on with the job."

Mr Ramsey said his first priority would be to work on projects committed to before the election including the upgrade of the Eyre Peninsula road network.

While he said the state government would make the final decision on where the $25.6 million in federal funding would be spent, he predicted the majority would be directed towards the Tod Highway, the Lincoln Highway and roads within the city of Port Lincoln.

Mr Ramsey said he was committed to continuing to work with his colleagues to fix the general practitioner crisis across the Eyre Peninsula.

"We will continue to work with the commissioner for rural health professor Paul Whorley to develop a model where we see 100 graduates doing more work in regional areas," he said.

He said he would also continue to push his own policy suggestion of allocating Medicare Provider Numbers and their attached subsidies on a geographical basis.

With the Kimba, Franklin Harbour and Cleve districts working hard on completing Drought Communities Program projects before the June 30 deadline, the question remains as to what kind of federal support the 2019-2020 financial year will bring.

Mr Ramsey said the government would wait to see whether the drought continued in the region through 2019 before looking at additional funding.

"At least at this stage a lot of the cropping area is looking pretty good," he said.

Mr Ramsey said he was hopeful 2019 would also see a decision on the site for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, with the process still tied up in court proceedings.

"I don't know when the judge will make a decision but I hope it's soon, because both the Kimba and Hawker communities deserve to have their vote and clear the deck one way or the other," he said.