Kathy Smith wins by just 203 votes
Labor candidate for Gosford Ms Kathy Smith has been declared the winner of the seat following a close count with a final result of 50.23 per cent compared with Liberal candidate Chris Holsten's 49.77 per cent.
Despite former Member Holstein receiving more first preference votes with 20,535 to Smith's 18,654, the distribution of preferences saw Smith finish with a total of 22,029 votes to Holstein's 21,826.
Greens candidate Kate da Costa followed Holstein with 4346 first preference votes and a final total of 5039.
Independent Jake Cassar received 2698 first preference votes and a final total of 2856 while Christian Democratic Party candidate Andrew Church received 1091 first preference votes and a final total of 1126 and No Land Tax candidate Matthew Maroney received 938 first preference votes.
Ms Smith wrote on her Facebook page: "I will be a strong voice for the Central Coast and make sure that the people of the Central Coast are no longer forgotten and get our fair share of funding.
"Looking forward to a positive and bright future for the Central Coast," she said.
Ms Smith said the campaign was "quite nerve-wracking".
"We did everything we could.
"We spoke to thousands of people.
"I got lots of opinions and there are lots of things that need fixing.
"What this election has shown is that the Central Coast shouldn't be taken for granted.
"The Liberals swept our region at the 2011 election but failed to listen to local concerns about cuts to the roads budget, cuts to health, cuts to our local schools, and despite a massive community backlash the Liberal Government will continue with their plans to privatise our state electricity assets.
"The Liberal Party lost the faith of Central Coast residents for failing to listen to the community, and instead focusing on internal party squabbles and scandals relating to potentially illegal donations.
"Labor presented a positive plan for the Central Coast.
"We pledged more than $1 billion across the region for local roads, building new classrooms, upgrading Wyong and Gosford Hospitals, and investing in important infrastructure like the Ettalong to Umina Foreshore and a regional performing arts centre in Gosford.
"Unlike the former Liberal Members of Parliament, I will not sit idly by while millions of dollars are ripped out of our region.
"I will be a strong voice for Gosford and will stand up for local residents against continued cuts by the Liberals."
Former Member for Gosford Chris Holstein was contacted for comment but could not be reached.
Media release, 9 Apr 2015
Kathy Smith, Labor
Website, 9 Apr 2015
NSW Electoral Commission
Victoria Power, 8 Apr 2015
Interviewee: Kathy Smith