Ramsey wins seat of Grey again

FEDERAL ELECTION: Rowan Ramsey voting in Petersborough on Saturday before the votes were counted and results showed he had retained his seat in the Grey electorate.
FEDERAL ELECTION: Rowan Ramsey voting in Petersborough on Saturday before the votes were counted and results showed he had retained his seat in the Grey electorate.

After retaining his seat for another term at the Federal Election Rowan Ramsey has promised to 'get on with the job' and work towards the projects he committed to before Saturday's vote.

Mr Ramsey received about 50 per cent of the Grey vote after winning more than 43,000 votes at the election, followed by Labor candidate Karin Bolton with more than 20,300 votes.

The Liberal party member first won the seat in 2007.

He said the projects he would support included $25.6 million in funding for Eyre Peninsula road network upgrades, mobile blackspot programs and a headspace unit in Port Lincoln.

"There is $25.6 million allocated for EP roads... (it) will be spent on the roads that are deemed to be most important to deal with the closure of the railway," he said.

"I think mostly that will be the Tod Highway and some work on the Lincoln Highway, and some work within the city of Port Lincoln."

Mr Ramsey said it would be up to the state government to decide where exactly the money was spent but that he, the state transport minister, and local councils agreed on the area of the Tod and Lincoln highways.

He said his party would audit the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), which is assessing Equinor's environmental plan for drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

"We have an independent scientific regulator and we should allow them to do their job," he said.

"(It's) just to make sure they are doing everything correctly, having said that I fully expect to find that they are doing exactly what they are meant to do... I've always had faith in them."

Mr Ramsey said voting results appeared to show that drilling in the Bight was perhaps not as big of an issue in Port Lincoln as others had claimed.

He said he would also continue to work towards increasing general practitioner numbers in the electorate by developing a model to see undergraduate doctors doing more work in regional areas.

"I have been in this battle for 30 years... getting doctors to come and work in regional areas, I will continue to do so," he said.

"I will continue to push my policy, which is for an implementation of postcode specific medicare provider numbers."

After Mr Ramsey and Ms Bolton, Pauline Hanson's One Nation candidate David Stone was next with 7501 votes followed by Centre Alliance candidate Andrea Broadfoot with 4820 votes.