The NSW Nationals are pleased to announce that Bathurst based small businessman Sam Farraway has been selected by the Party to fill a vacancy in the Legislative Council, which will be created upon the retirement of the Hon. Niall Blair MLC later this year.

 The 33-year-old has a long history of working with the community; in business and through volunteering. He has spent over 10 years as President of the Royal Bathurst Show Society and was young entrepreneur of the year.

 “I’m very honoured to be chosen for this position and I think The Nationals had a very strong field of candidates put their names forward for this upcoming vacancy, which shows how strong and healthy our Party is,” Mr Farraway said.

 NSW Nationals Chairman Andrew Fraser said Mr Farraway was an outstanding choice by the grassroots members of the Party to continue the fantastic work of the Hon. Niall Blair MLC upon his retirement later this year.

 “The Central Council of the NSW Nationals have selected Sam Farraway to continue the outstanding work that Niall has done in his time in the upper house,” Mr Fraser said. “He is a great community advocate and has shown a commitment to working for the people in his region. Sam 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.”

 Mr Fraser also paid tribute to the significant contribution of the Hon. Niall Blair MLC, having served as the Party’s Chairman and later Deputy Leader and Cabinet Minister.

 “Niall has been a great voice for rural and regional NSW and I’m sure when he retires, he’ll be missed in the Parliament,” Mr Fraser said. “I’d like to thank Niall for his outstanding contribution to our Party and the communities of regional NSW, a contribution I know will continue in his life outside of politics.”

 The vote took place at a meeting of the NSW Nationals Central Council, the Party’s governing body, on Thursday, September 5, 2019.


The date of the Hon. Niall Blair MLC’s retirement from the Legislative Council is yet to be confirmed.