Member for Dubbo Troy Grant MP has announced he will not contest the 2019 State Election.
The former Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals has been a positive force for good in the State Parliament, not only for his electorate but also the people of country NSW.
He issued the following statement on Thursday morning:
After almost 30 years in combined public service as a NSW police officer and parliamentarian, I have made the decision not to contest the 2019 state election for the seat of Dubbo.
After careful consideration, I cannot commit to working in state politics until at least 2023 and will therefore not put my name forward.
Running for Parliament in 2019 is not the right decision for my family or me. To serve your community as a regional local member you need to make enormous sacrifices and put your heart and soul into the role, and I can no longer give this role my all after the next election.
In my inaugural speech, I said I was just an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary opportunity and I have dedicated every day since to making the most of this opportunity for the betterment of NSW.
I have long described myself as a son of regional NSW having called many towns home, and I have worked hard to not only ensure the Dubbo electorate gets its fair share, but that all of country NSW prospers.
I put my hand up for state politics with the ambition of fighting for a new hospital for Dubbo. Today, over $250 million has been invested in Dubbo Hospital with stages one to three open and stage four on the way.
As a local MP I have opened three new hospitals and two multi-purpose services and only this month turned the first sod on the Mudgee Hospital redevelopment.
I would like to thank the great people of the Dubbo electorate for the trust they have placed in me and I look forward to continuing to work with them right up until Saturday 23 March 2019.
I also extend my appreciation to many current and former colleagues, party members and staff for their support and loyalty.
Above all, I thank my wife Toni and our children Taylor and Hamish for their love. It’s their support and sacrifice that has allowed me to proudly serve NSW.