Scott Barrett chosen as Nationals Candidate for Orange
Scott Barrett has won preselection for the state seat of Orange at a meeting of more than 220 National Party members over the weekend.
It was a tight contest to see who will continue previous State Member Andrew Gee’s hard work in the electorate. Scott, formerly a shearer, journo and agricultural policy adviser, won the nomination from a field of four strong candidates.
Born in Orange, Scott grew up on a sheep farm near Mullion Creek before completing a Bachelor of Systems Agriculture at Hawkesbury Agricultural College. After completing his studies, he moved back to the Central West where he worked in a variety of jobs in primary production.
A stint as a rural reporter in Mt Isa, Queensland, gave Scott his first taste of politics, working as a media adviser for Independent Bob Katter before working for The Nationals in NSW.
Most recently, Scott has been working as an Agricultural Policy Adviser for Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair.
Scott said the hard work begins now as he hits the road to connect with the people of Orange, Parkes, Forbes and Molong.
“I’m honoured to have the support of local Nationals members but I’m very aware of the issues that need to be addressed across our electorate,” Scott said.
“Andrew Gee has been a fantastic advocate for our region and if elected I’m looking forward to carrying on with his work.”
A date for the Orange by-election is yet to be determined.