LOCAL MP Tony Piccolo has thanked voters in the electorate of Light for re-electing him for a third consecutive term.
According the Electoral Commission SA website, Mr Piccolo has received 11,334 votes against the Liberal candidate (on 10,144) on a two-party preferred vote, representing a margin of 2.8 per cent.
Mr Piccolo said he was delighted with the result, as it meant that there was no swing against Labor in Light, and was heartened by the strong declaration votes, outpolling the Liberals 54-46 per cent.
“I’m thrilled that the people of Light have again put their faith in me to represent them in State Parliament,” Mr Piccolo said.
“Over the past eight years, I have been a passionate advocate for people living in this electorate, and I will continue to do my utmost to support people in the electorate for the next four years.”
Mr Piccolo said he was heartened by the increase in the vote he received around the Gawler area – the biggest population centre in the electorate.
“Throughout the campaign, people living in the electorate have raised a wide range of issues that we need to look at, and I will be working to represent these issues throughout this next term in office,” Mr Piccolo said.
“I will also work to more effectively engage with those communities that are now part of the electorate after the most recent boundary re-distribution.
“There’s likely to be strong growth in the electorate, and I will be working with both local government and community organisations to ensure we continue to build strong community networks in the new areas.
“Wherever possible we will work within existing community and government structures.
“In addition, I am committed to ensuring all the State Government commitments are implemented as soon as practical and within the timeframes given.”
Mr Piccolo said he was honoured to be chosen once again by the people of the Light electorate to represent them in State Parliament for the next four years and thanked them for the trust they had shown in him.
“I will continue to work hard to ensure that the links I have forged with the community remain in place, as I work to represent people living in Light over the next four years,” he said.
Mr Piccolo paid tribute to his campaign team and the many volunteers who helped achieve such a fantastic result.
“It was a tough campaign, and this success was only possible because of the time and effort of so many wonderful volunteers who were able to help deliver this outstanding result,” he said.
“Their work has been critical to this result, and I can not thank them enough for their time and energy through what has been a tough campaign.
“In addition, this would not have been possible if it weren’t for the ongoing support from my family – especially my sons, Raffaele and Stefan, who have helped secure this third term.”