All sitting MPs on the Coast have retained their seats as the count continues following the State Election on March 23.
Liberal Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, had a convincing win over Labor candidate, Jeff Sundstrom, while Labor Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, held on to the seat despite a strong challenge from the Liberals’, Sue Dengate.
In the seat of The Entrance, sitting member, Labor’s, David Mehan, prevailed over Liberal, Brian Perrem.
Tesch and Mehan are once more in the position of representing the area as part of the State Opposition, while Crouch remains the only Coast MP who is part of the re-elected Coalition State Government under Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.
Crouch said he was “humbled and honoured” to be returned as the Member for Terrigal.
“I am excited to be able to continue delivering for the Central Coast,” he said.
“As the only Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly on the Central Coast, I will continue to be a strong voice in Government for our community.
“The Central Coast has seen record delivery of funding for hospitals, schools, roads, infrastructure and more, over the past four years.
“This will continue for four more years thanks to a re-elected NSW Liberal Government.”
Liesl Tesch said she was looking forward to “getting back to work” and thanked other candidates for a “respectful campaign”.
Tesch said the last two years (since she took the seat at a byelection in 2017) had been a tremendous learning experience, one that she looked forward to continuing.
“Thanks for all those conversations, pieces of advice, and challenges,” she said.
“I’ve learnt so much from so many along the way.
“The most wonderful thing about this job is that I get to hear the personal stories and lived experiences of new people every day.
“I hear about the good, and the not so good.
“Each is unique, but all reflect the same basic principle that all we want is to live a good life and be supported to that end.
“Whatever happens on Macquarie St, my job is the same, making sure that we get our fair share, that we don’t stay forgotten by government, and that we push and agitate to make the Central Coast an even better place to live, work, and play.”
Mehan pledged to do everything he could over the next four years to “make the Central Coast a better and fairer place for us all”.
“The Berejiklian Government must acknowledge that a majority of Central Coast people did not vote for it,” he said.
“This was a direct result of the lack of consultation with opposition members about decisions affecting our region.
“This Government will be held to account and I will fight to ensure that projects in Sydney are not prioritised over our local schools, hospitals and infrastructure.
“The successful campaign that Labor ran on the Central Coast, together with the support of the community, is one that we should be very proud of.
“I am determined to see the health of Tuggerah Lake improved and The Entrance Channel dredged, which this Government has still refused to fund.”
Website, Mar 27
NSW Electoral Commission Virtual Tally Room
Media release, Mar 25
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch
Media release, Mar 26
Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch
Media release, Mar 26
Member for The Entrance, David Mehan