Landslide win big

Dean Nalder.
Dean Nalder.

The first-time campaigner said he was not sure what to expect of election day, but was overwhelmed by all the support from the community.

‘I spent the day going to each of the polling booths and the response was fantastic,’ he said.

It was a disappointing result for independent Janet Woollard who has had a tumultuous 12 months.

She had held the seat of Alfred Cove for the past 12 years but with 80 per cent of the ballots counted over the weekend, Dr Woollard had just 10 per cent of the vote, behind Mr Nalder and Labor’s David Houston.

Her vote was down from the 25 per cent she won in 2008.

Mr Nalder, who had more than 65 per cent of the primary vote, said it had been a busy campaign.

‘It was my first campaign and we did a lot of analysis to see what we needed to focus on and what the community wanted,’ he said.

‘My first step now is to understand the systems and processes of Parliament.’

‘To best represent the community, I need to understand the processes and then reflect the sentiment of the community in Parliament.’

Mr Nalder said his electorate would experience some significant changes in the next four years with plans for Canning Bridge, Canning Highway and a $400 million Garden City redevelopment.

He said his main priorities would be to improve congestion, public transport, and law and order in the community.