Winner of Lismore Community Preselection annouced
Yesterday, on a rainy Saturday, 3,657 people came out across the Lismore electorate to choose their Nationals candidate for the next state election.
Austin Curtin was the declared the winner on the night with 1615 votes and 54.9% of the two-candidate preferred count.
Peter Petty finished in second place with 1,099 votes with Andrew Gordon close behind on 943. Both candidates worked extremely hard during the campaign and deserve our congratulations on a race well run.
Candidates, volunteers and family members celebrated the win last night with Austin thanking to Peter Petty and Andrew Gordon for their sportsmanship and willingness to be involved in the democratic process and acknowledged Thomas George's stellar career.
Austin said he was humbled to be elected and is ready to get to work.
"This is just the start," Austin said.
"I will be working hard over the next fourteen months to connect with all of our supporters and voters across the electorate."
The Curtin family have lived in Lismore since the early 1980s, and Austin and his wife Bronwyn are now raising a family of their own here in the electorate. A qualified carpenter, as well as holding degrees in Economics and Communications, Austin has now turned his hand to macadamia farming at Tregeagle.
The preselection process is a model adopted by the NSW National Party that puts democracy back in the hands of ordinary people with any person enrolled to vote in the electorate able to have their say on who they would like to see as their Nationals candidate.
The process was first carried out in 2010 in the state electorate of Tamworth, with winner Kevin Anderson successfully elected as local Member in the 2011 election and re-elected in 2015.