COOMA-Monaro Shire mayor Dean Lynch made a surprise splash into the federal political arena this year when Queensland mining billionaire Clive Palmer convinced him to run for his fledgling political party in Eden-Monaro.
Mr Lynch won just over 5 per cent of the first preference vote in the bellwether seat, and nationally the Palmer United Party looks set to win one lower house seat and two senate spots in its first electoral outing.
"I'm extremely happy that a party that's only registered eight weeks before the election got through and got six per cent nationally of the primary vote," Mr Lynch said.
"It just goes to show that a lot of people are disillusioned and looking for an alternative. So for us to get two senate candidates and a lower house member elected, and particularly Clive (Palmer), is amazing," he said.
Mr Lynch said he was motivated to run for federal politics in Eden-Monaro because he felt the rural sectors of the electorate were being neglected by the major parties.
He said he would continue to advocate for the Cooma-Monaro region in particular, and was re-elected as mayor of the shire for another 12-month term on Monday.
"That's the reason why I stood. And if I think we're being hard done by, I can guarantee that whoever our member is, I'll be on their case," he said.
As for whether he'd run for the federal seat again, Mr Lynch said he'd "consider it."
"In three years' time, if I still think regional Australia is hard done by from the two major parties, I would consider it.
"You never say never, but at the moment I'm happy to go back to being a farmer and a mayor to be honest.
"I did a lot of kilometres all around the area. I've got a lot of contacts- people I didn't know before- and I've definitely got a real feel for the region now," he said.