The Independent candidate Cath McGowan has claimed victory in the seat of Indi.

"Today is not just about me or my story," she said.

"It's about all the people that made this campaign possible.

"We have given the community of Indi ownership."

Ms McGowan says representing the community is an enormous privilege and a great responsibility.

"I will listen, I will respect, I will engage, I will honour community, and act in the best interests of Indi," she said.

Flanked by supporters, Ms McGowan's victory speech lasted a short time.

In conclusion she acknowledged her rival, the incumbent Liberal MP and her 12 years of service, who earlier today conceded defeat.

"I'd like to thank her for the graceful way she contacted me this morning, congratulated me and wished me well in the future," she said.

Ms McGowan later told reporters she believes she won the seat for three reasons, including the mood for change in Indi.

Ms McGowan says there are plans for an Indi summit early next year, to bring the community together.

"The intent is to locate the power within the community," she said.

She says she intends to work across traditional party divides, with a vision for Indi.

"It will be about health, about community transport," she said.

"I won't be a king-maker," she said.

"But I think the rest of Australia will look upon what Indi does, and say 'that's a good idea, we could try that,' so I think in the long term we will have an impact," she said.

"This election has attracted national interest and I think people will be watching how we work."

But she did admit she will initially take it slow, saying it will be a learning curve, when Federal Parliament sits in November.

"I won't be setting myself up to be the Queen Bee," she said.

"They'll have a training school for new politicians before Parliament sits, and I need to do that.

"It will be new for me and new for many other people, so I won't be barging in there," she said.

She says she plans to set up relationships, with a view of staying in politics for the long term.

Ms McGowan says she has had calls from members of the major parties and is looking forward to working out where she will fit.

 

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