Zac Beers concedes in Flynn giving O’Dowd the win
ZAC Beers has conceded the seat of Flynn to the coalition's Ken O'Dowd.
Sitting 1368 votes behind Mr O'Dowd, the Labor candidate has decided to give up on Flynn after an eight week election campaign and 11 days of counting.
He had an uphill battle to win the seat with Flynn being classified as a coalition stronghold with a 6.5% margin before the election.
His campaign was centred on the changes to Medicare under a coalition government, jobs and apprentices and 457 visa workers taking local jobs.
He had three visits from opposition leader Bill Shorten during the campaign, one from shadow treasurer Chris Bowen, Joel Fitzgibbon, Wayne Swan, Brendan O'Connor, Sharon Bird and Catherine King.
"At the heart of my campaign was giving voice to the many issues confronting our region," he said.
"After years of contributing so much to the economy, Labor's campaign in Flynn was all about making sure we started to get a fair go from Canberra."
The campaign resonated with the electorate and particularly with Gladstone voters as he took huge margins in the larger Gladstone polling booths.
Those votes took back most of Mr O'Dowd's votes from booths out west and once the Gladstone pre-poll was counted Mr Beers went to bed on election night leading by 2333 votes.
It took a week for the slow trickle and counting of postal votes to come to Mr O'Dowd's rescue.
He took the lead on Saturday and has continued to increase it over the past four days.
Now trailing by 1.68% with only 6000 ballots left to be counted, Mr Beers has called stumps after achieving a 5.69% swing towards Labor.
"Despite not being the result I'd ultimately hoped for, I hope this strong result for Labor will mean Central Queensland's voice is heard when it comes to ensuring more funding for regional communities," he said.
"This contest has fired me up more than ever to contribute to the future of Central Queensland which is why I will again seek to represent Labor at the next Federal Election.
"From a personal point of view, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the thousands of people across Flynn who supported my campaign, including members of the great Australian Labor Party, the union movement, family and friends."