Rebekha Sharkie celebrates her convincing win in the 2018 Mayo by-election

Returning Member Rebekha Sharkie has thanked the people of Mayo for their unwavering support following her convincing win in the 2018 by-election on Saturday, July 28.

Ms Sharkie claimed victory over high-profile challenger Georgina Downer just hours after the polls closed.

Celebrating the win in Mount Barker on Sunday, July 29, she said she was extremely honoured to know a strong number of residents were behind her.

“To have nearly one in two people give you their first preference is an absolute honour and I was beyond thrilled,” she said.

As she prepares to return to office, Ms Sharkie said her first point of order would be to secure the Prime Minister’s commitment to the promises he made to the people of Mayo during the by-election campaign.

From there, she said she would present a motion to Parliament calling on the government to reverse the funding cuts it has imposed on the ABC and begin drafting a Bill demanding transparency of staffing ratios in the aged care industry.

She said she would also lobby Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt for funding to secure a shop-front Headspace on the South Coast, something she promised during her campaign.

“It’ll take a lot of work… I’ll need petitions from our community and it took a lot of work to get one here (Mount Barker) but I’m confident we can do it again,” she said.

After Alexandrina Council was unsuccessful in obtaining federal funding for the major upgrade of the Goolwa Wharf, Ms Sharkie said she would meet with Federal Minister for Infrastructure Michael McCormack to express how critical it is for the wharf to be fixed.

With a federal election on the horizon, Ms Sharkie said she would dedicate every day until then to her community.

“It’s all about how you represent your community and my community is very smart, they know you’ve got to be able to show throughout your whole time in office that you’re working for them,” she said.

“You can’t just come in and make a heap of promises and leave again or, as a sitting member, be invisible and I believe I was very visible as the Member.”

She said would look to retain her offices in Goolwa and Victor Harbor to continue being accessible to the people of the Fleurieu Peninsula.