The fact the Barwon electorate is over 356,000 square kilometers is no roadblock for our Nationals candidate, Andrew Schier.
As soon as Andrew was preselected, he made it a priority to get out and meet people in the communities that sprawled across the rural electorate so he better understands the issues each town face.
“I’m excited about the challenges ahead and am fully prepared to fight for the West,” he said.
“Now the real work begins, getting out across an electorate the size of Germany.”
Andrew knows the Gilgandra region like the back of his hands – attending the local primary and high schools, and has farmed in the region for the past 27 years – but an electorate so large and so diverse requires weeks on the road just to get around to every corner.
Andrew with Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and Minister Sarah Mitchell MLC at a preschool in Coolah.
Andrew recently spent time in Broken Hill with our NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro alongside local Federal and State MPs Mark Coulton and Kevin Humphries for the opening of the town’s Country University Centre and the region’s largest field day, AgFair. Coonabarabran was also been treated to a visit from Andrew for a road funding announcement as was Coolah when Minister for Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell stopped by to see the students at Coolah Preschool.
Andrew has also made his way to Cobar with Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless in tow, meeting locals, attending the Cobar Cup and chatting to locals to gain a better understanding of the vast electorate.
Andrew with the Hon Rick Colless MLC in Cobar inspecting an open-cut mine
More recently, Andrew spent time with Kevin Humphries in Narrabri opening the Narrabri Country Universities Centre then moved on to Wee Waa to kick-start the Cotton Capital County Music Muster before stopping at Lighting Ridge and Bourke to check up on the progress of the Connected Learning Centre with Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall.
Andrew Schier with Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall
At his preselection and whilst traveling the electorate, Andrew has made his priorities for the region clear.
“I believe that education of our younger people in the region is a key component which leads to improved outcomes in employment, health and families,” he said.
Andrew was a teacher after studying a Diploma of Teaching at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst before leaving the industry to pursue a farming career. He is currently an independent meat processor and the proprietor of Gilgandra Poultry. He rears beef cattle and meat chickens at his farm and currently employs 12 staff.
Locally, Andrew is an active community member as the Vice-President of the Gilgandra Sporting Club, and President of the Gilgandra Jockey Club for the past 22 years. He is also the Chairman of the Western Racing Association, a position he has held for nine years.
Current Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries said Andrew was up to the job.
“I know that Andrew is well respected in the Gilgandra community – as a farmer and meat processor, in local sporting clubs and right across the region as Chairman of the Western Racing Association.”
“As a local farmer and father, he knows the people, he knows the issues and he’s got the right sort of fight in him to stand up for us in Macquarie Street.”