Gilgandra local gets Nats’ nod for Barwon

Apr 10, 2018

Local businessman Andrew Schier was endorsed to be the Nationals’ next candidate for Barwon over the weekend, looking to uphold the legacy established by outgoing Nats’ MP, Kevin Humphries over the past 11 years.

On Saturday 7th April, over 110 Nationals members packed into the Gilgandra Shire Hall to preselect a candidate for the upcoming State election — an impressive feat considering Barwon is the state’s largest electorate.

Born and raised in Gilgandra, Andrew attended both primary and high school in the town, before completing a Diploma of Teaching at Charles Sturt University (CSU). After teaching for a year, he returned to Gilgandra to pursue his interest in farming.

Andrew currently owns and operates Gilgandra Poultry, a company which has been locally producing and processing meat chickens at the site for the past 27 years and employs 12 staff.

He is also highly active in the local community as the Vice President of the Gilgandra Sporting Club, and the President of the Gilgandra Jockey Club for over 22 years. Andrew has already had experience representing the people of the Barwon electorate — a positive sign for things to come — as the Chairman of the Western Racing Association.

“I’m excited about the challenges ahead and am fully prepared to fight for the West,” Andrew said.

“It’s a huge honour to have been chosen and now the real work begins, getting out across an electorate the size of Germany.”

Andrew is a passionate advocate for local community development and sees education to be one of the main issues facing Western NSW.

“I believe that the education of our younger people in the region is a key component which leads to improved outcomes in employment, health and families,” he said.

Retiring member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries congratulated Andrew on his endorsement and said that he was up to the job.

“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.”

Remaining preselections for the 2019 State election will be held between July and September of this year.