The NSW Nationals are pleased to announce that John Chanter has been selected to contest next year’s NSW Upper House election.

Mr Chanter joins Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Water, Trade and Industry the Hon Niall Blair MLC, who is also the Deputy NSW Nationals Leader, Minister for Early Childhood Education & Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minster for Education the Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, the Hon Wes Fang MLC and Steve de Gunst on the NSW Nationals Legislative Council ticket.

John Chanter is a regional journalist with the Border Mail in Albury. He has been active in the community and is across a wide range of issues facing the community.

“I’m very honoured to have been chosen today,” Mr Chanter said. “The Nationals have a reputation for sticking up for rural and regional Australia and I’m looking forward to building upon that reputation especially across the southern part of the State.”

NSW Nationals Chairman Bede Burke said Mr Chanter would make a strong contribution to the Legislative Council.

“The Central Council of the NSW Nationals have selected John Chanter to be the Party’s fifth candidate on the Legislative Council ticket at next year’s State election,” Mr Burke said. “He is a great community advocate and have shown a commitment to working for the people of their region. John Chanter has the skills and determination to make a real difference to rural and regional New South Wales and help continue the good work that the Nationals in Government are doing.”

Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said Mr Chanter rounds out a solid team heading into the 2019 State election.

“As a regional journalist, John knows the issues facing regional communities, which is why he is an invaluable asset to the NSW Nationals team,” Mr Barilaro said. “To ensure regional NSW has the strongest representation possible we need to make sure we have candidates from a variety of backgrounds to make sure regional voices are heard. I know John will help us achieve this goal.”