BRENDON and Karen Collins were the first to walk into a then empty Oxley Hall and place their plate on long tables lining the walls.
The Wodonga couple, aged 57 and 54, wanted to be there for the historic moment.
“Also,” Mrs Collins added as her husband sipped on a beer, “it’s a magic thing that our vote counted, it was extraordinary.”
It was a dinky-di country affair to celebrate the newly elected member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
They came from far and wide carrying picnic baskets and plates laden with food into a hall splashed with trademark orange.
A marquee was set up out the back and a band played, warming up for some bush dancing.
One of Ms McGowan’s “young and trendy” campaigners said it would all be “too nice” if it wasn’t just, well, nice.
Soon the floorboards filled with the feet of 600 and the squeals of delight and applause came when Ms McGowan walked in.
Betty Nickless, 90, sat by her walker with champagne flute in hand and said she had no interest in politics before Ms McGowan.
Wangaratta High School friends Zoe Matthews, 14, from Beechworth, and Darcie Pegler, 15, from Oxley, said their parents didn’t have to drag them along last night.
They said they never understood politics until Ms McGowan’s campaign.
“I’m looking forward to the next election because I’ll be able to vote then,” Darcie said.