Barwon electorate attracts four wannabe MPs

PRE-SELECTED: NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro congratulates Andrew Schier on his pre-selection as The Nationals' candidate for the seat of Barwon. Photo: Contributed

PRE-SELECTED: NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro congratulates Andrew Schier on his pre-selection as The Nationals' candidate for the seat of Barwon. Photo: Contributed

Wannabe replacements for Barwon MP Kevin Humphries are on the hustings 11 months out from the 2019 state election.

On Saturday The Nationals announced that Gilgandra businessman Andrew Schier was its candidate for the seat that Mr Humphries is vacating.

On Tuesday, NSW Labor named Broken Hill mayor Darriea Turley AM as Country Labor’s candidate for the seat of Barwon.

Two other names are set to appear on the ballot.

Gilgandra’s Phillip Naden will stand as an independent candidate and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has chosen Roy Butler to contest the seat.

Mr Humphries gave notice in mid-2017 that he would not seek to retain the seat at the March 2019 poll.

The current contenders for the seat are not wasting time in making their pitch for it.

Mr Butler has begun a “listening tour” of the electorate that he says “deserves better”.

Mr Naden is telling the electorate that he is “willing and able to challenge the major parties and hold them accountable for consulting more widely with their electorate on major decisions”.

Key issues for Ms Turley, an employee of the Far West Local Health District, are “coal seam gas fracking on prime agricultural land and holding to account those who allegedly stole our water”.

Mr Schier, an independent meat processor and proprietor of Gilgandra Poultry, said the “education of our younger people... is a key component which leads to improved outcomes in employment, health and families”.