Inverell’s Steve De Gunst has travelled all over the world, but reckons there’s no place like home.
A husband and father of four, Steve moved the family back home five years ago to give his kids the same sort of country upbringing he enjoyed.
An engineering surveyor, Steve’s career has taken him to places like India, Saudi Arabia, China and Hong Kong, where he saw the handover from British to Chinese rule. He also worked on the Hay Point Coal Terminal in Mackay before returning to Inverell.
The proud great-great-grandson of Dutch immigrants, Steve’s particularly proud of his grandfather, who fought for the Australian Imperial Force in Libya, Crete and the South Pacific. He also says his great-grandfather was born in Bundaberg back in 1888 – the same year that town’s famous distillery began operation.
He joined the NSW Nationals in 2013 in an effort to lobby for a new Inverell Hospital from within the Party and says he’s proud to be part of a team that works for all regional Australians.
Steve was preselected to run fourth on the NSW Nationals’ Upper House ticket for the 2019 campaign. He will appear behind Deputy Leader and Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Water, and Trade and Industry Niall Blair who is first on the ticket, followed by Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell and Wagga Wagga-based Wes Fang.
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