GREENS candidate Lachlan Slade admits his party didn’t quite achieve the result it was after.
Mr Slade said prior to the election he had wanted to increase the Greens vote in Bendigo.
But the party’s primary vote fell by 3.67 per cent in Bendigo and votes declined nationally.
“I think we did fairly well but we didn’t get exactly what we expected,” he said.
“The Greens vote for Bendigo was above the national Greens vote.
“I’m pretty pleased with that considering there was a House of Representatives swing against the Greens.
“We did manage to retain our vote in the Bendigo region and I think it’s great to see our vote helped Lisa Chesters get across the line in Bendigo.
“It goes to show money couldn’t buy votes in Bendigo and Greg Bickley wasn’t able to win just by throwing money at the electorate.”
Mr Slade said he believed votes would return to the Greens “after a few years of Tony Abbott”.
The Castlemaine resident said he had enjoyed the campaign despite its challenges.
“It was gruelling in a lot of ways and it was unprecedented in its nature,” he said.
“It was a six-month campaign for me.
“A lot of that was because of the lack of clarity about when the election would be and who the leader of the Labor Party would be.
“We haven’t seen circumstances like this in a federal election.
“We’ve seen some very strange situations but all in all it was a fantastic experience.”
Mr Slade said he would rest after the election and spend time focusing on his career.
“I’ve also got a wedding coming up next year,” he said.
“I’ll be focusing on that and looking at my personal life and career.
“There will be a little bit of a break but I’ll also be making sure the big issues that are in our community get on the agenda and get sorted out.”