The NSW Nationals’ 2019 Legislative Council ticket is taking shape with the first four positions selected at a meeting of the Central Council held at Parliament House, Sydney.

The Hon Niall Blair MLC was able to secure the number one spot on the ticket. Niall is currently the Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals and is serving as the Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Water, and Trade and Industry.

Since he joined as a member, Niall has been actively involved at all levels of the Nationals, including serving as State Chairman from 2012 – 2014. Niall brings his prior experience in horticulture and work safety to the table to promote the best interests of all regional Australians in the parliament.

Second on the ticket will be the Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, who is currently the Minister for Early Childhood Education, and Aboriginal Affairs. She is also the Assistant Minister for Education.

Sarah was previously Chairman of the NSW Young Nationals, and also a former President of the Federal Young Nationals. She currently lives in her hometown of Gunnedah with her husband and two young girls, Annabelle and Matilda.

The Hon Wes Fang MLC will hold the third spot on the ticket for the upcoming State election. Wes was selected late last year to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of long-serving upper house member, Hon Duncan Gay.

Wes grew up in the small town of Uranquinty, and is now based in nearby Wagga Wagga with his wife and children. A qualified pilot, before becoming a Member of the Legislative Council Wes worked for both ChildFlight and the Australian Army.

The fourth position on the ticket was won by Steven de Gunst. Steven is an Engineering Surveyor from Inverell in Northern NSW. Steven has worked on a number of large-scale engineering projects around the world and is active in his local community.

All selected will be fine representatives of the Party for the 2019 State election and all have committed to working hard to help the Nationals return to Government.

The party’s fifth position will be filled through a separate pre-selection at the next meeting of the Central Council in September.