A meeting of the Barwon Electorate Council of the NSW Nationals today endorsed Gilgandra local, Andrew Schier, as The Nationals candidate for the 2019 election.

“I’m excited about the challenges ahead and am fully prepared to fight for the West,” Mr Schier 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 Schier with Deputy Premier John Barilaro

His endorsement by The Nationals follows on from Kevin Humphries announcement that he will not contest the next election, having served 11 years in the Parliament.

Mr Humphries said that Mr Schier 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.”

Mr Schier wasted no time laying out his priorities.

“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.

Andrew was born and raised in Gilgandra, attending the local primary and high schools before studying a Diploma of Teaching at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. After teaching for a year, he left the industry to pursue farming. He is currently an independent meat processor and the proprietor of Gilgandra Poultry. He has raised beef cattle and meat chickens at his farm for the past 27 years and currently employs 12 staff.

He highly active in the local community as the Vice President of the Gilgandra Sporting Club, and the 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.