NATIONALS candidate, David Gillespie was officially declared the new member for Lyne at the Declaration of the Poll yesterday.
Division of Lyne returning officer for the Australian Electoral Commission, Vicki Frost made the announcement in front of a small gathering at the Australian Electoral Office in Taree.
Dr Gillespie's final figures were 45,871 and 55,871 on two party preferred, with no votes outstanding.
Although counting was expected to continue until the end of the week, Vicki said these figures would only see a slight variation.
"I declare David Gillespie to be duly elected as the new member for Lyne," she announced to a round of applause.
Dr Gillespie addressed the room following the announcement, watched on proudly by wife Charlotte, and vowed to serve the community to the best of his abilities.
"I'm extremely honoured to be standing here as the member for Lyne, it's a great honour and a great privilege," he said.
"We've got many things to get on with and it won't happen overnight but the Coalition is committed to a sound, steady, sensible government."
Dr Gillespie also thanked his fellow candidates for what he described as a "clean election" before reiterating his open door policy.
Labor's candidate Peter Alley, who was Dr Gillespie's closest rival with 18,352 and 30,377 (tpp) votes, congratulated the new member and thanked everyone who had voted for him.
"David ran a great campaign and I'd like to wish him all the best," he said.
"Also a big thankyou to those who put their support in me."
Official figures will be updated in next week's Times.