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Country Liberals' Lambley wins Araluen by-election

Updated October 11, 2010 10:33:00

Country Liberals' Robyn Lambley has retained the Alice Springs seat of Araluen

Country Liberals' Robyn Lambley has retained the Alice Springs seat of Araluen (ABC Local: Emma Sleath)

The former deputy mayor of Alice Springs, Robyn Lambley, has retained the Alice Springs seat of Araluen for the Country Liberals.

A by-election was held yesterday in the seat after the resignation of sitting Country Liberals member Jodeen Carney.

Ms Lambley has won the seat with around 68 per cent of the vote.

Her opponent, Adam Findlay, a Pine Gap chef and political newcomer, achieved a swing to Labor of more than 6 per cent, including Green votes.

Ms Lambley says she had doubted the traditionally safe Country Liberals seat would give her such a decisive victory.

"There were moments certainly when I thought it was going to be very close," she said.

"It seemed like everyone was taking the Labor how to vote card and not particularly interested in ours so there were moments when I had the jitters and I did doubt just how much I would get over the line by."

Ms Lambley says her win was thanks in part to her predecessor, Ms Carney.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic, it's beyond my wildest dreams and expectations, I really didn't think I would get close to that sort of win but obviously the message I was sending out resonated with the people of Araluen and coming off the back of Jodeen's enormous success," she said.

Yesterday the Territory Government said winning Araluen would be like climbing Mount Everest.

The result means Labor will continue to rely on the support of Independent MLA Gerry Wood to hold government.

Tags: elections, states-and-territories, nt, alice-springs-0870

First posted October 10, 2010 07:27:00

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