LISA Chesters will head to Canberra on Friday for her first meeting with Labor members.
The Bendigo member-elect said she believed nominations for the party’s leadership would open.
“I’m feeling good, excited,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to catching up with my Labor Party colleagues and starting to plan what we will do to hold Tony Abbott and his government to account.
“I’ll be keen to speak to former ministers about how best to make sure commitments to Bendigo like the upgrade of the Calder at Ravenswood are actually funded.
“Tony Abbott and the Coalition committed to funding the Ravenswood interchange upgrade in their first budget.
“And I see that as one of my first priorities for when I get into Canberra.”
Ms Chesters said she would pay her own way to Canberra for the one-day visit.
“It’s on my own expenses,” she said.
“I’ll be meeting various clerks and people involved in Parliament House and touching base with other Labor colleagues about the best way to move forward on key commitments.”
Liberal candidate Greg Bickley conceded defeat late Tuesday, three days after Ms Chesters said she was confident she had won the seat.
She believes a Labor leader will not be decided for at least a week under rules adopted by the party prior to the election.
“At this stage only Bill Shorten has indicated he will be seeking the leadership position,” she said.
“I look forward to seeing all the nominations in due course.
“It will be a very different caucus.
“There are a number of new MP’s like myself who will be members.”
Ms Chesters told the Bendigo Advertiser on Monday that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had been right to step down from the ALP leadership.
Ms Chesters said Mr Shorten or Anthony Albanese, who may nominate, would both make good leaders.