Member for Forrest Nola Marino retains seat in 2019 Federal Election

Hard fought win: Incumbent Member for Forrest Nola Marino is looking forward to fulfilling the position over the next three years. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Hard fought win: Incumbent Member for Forrest Nola Marino is looking forward to fulfilling the position over the next three years. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Nola Marino will proudly serve the people of Forrest for another three years, after safely retaining the seat in yesterday's Federal Election.

With 77.26 per cent of votes counted, Ms Marino claimed 64.54 per cent of the two-candidate-preferred vote (49,701 votes) along with a 1.98 per cent swing.

Labor Party candidate Wayne Sanford scored 35.46 per cent of the vote (27,392).

Ms Marino picked up 40,700 first-preference votes, while Mr Sanford secured 16,532.

Greens WA candidate Nerilee Boshammer received 9,760 first-preference votes, ahead of Kalven Wayne Jamieson (Pauline Hanson's One Nation) with 4,430, Mark McCall (Shooters, Fishers, and Farmers) with 2,327, Dale Geoffrey Bromley (United Australia Party) with 1,328, Alexander Marsden (Independent) with 1,022, and Ian Bruce Molyneux (Western Australia Party) with 911.

This year's election saw the Liberal Party, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, retain government.

The Liberals picked up 73 seats, while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor secured 66.

Labor failed to win a single seat off the Coalition in Western Australia.

The result marks Ms Marino's fifth consecutive win in 12 years.

Awaiting the results in Bunbury on Saturday night, the incumbent Member for Forrest was met with praise from supporters.

Ms Marino said she and the government were committed to helping everyone in the electorate.

"I think the result shows that people in the South West have confidence in our policies, our plans, and in Scott Morrison himself," she said.

"When I came into this role, I wanted to become the best representative for the people and businesses in the region. That is still my top priority.

"I will continue to work on the highway between Busselton and Capel. That is something I've been working on for some time.

"The region's priorities are also my priorities, and I will keep working on those."

Ms Marino applauded the other Forrest candidates for their efforts over the past few months.

"I want to commend all those who chose to put their hands up," she said.

"In this country, you have the opportunity to put your hand up to become a member of parliament. I want to thank the people who did that, this time around.

"It's an important part of our democracy, and it's something we should all value and respect."