Melinda Pavey grew up on a dairy farm and spent more than a decade working for the people of regional NSW in the Legislative Council before moving into the Lower House in 2015. An advocate of rural and regional constituents, she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of regional and rural constituents.
Before entering parliament, Melinda owned and operated successful small businesses, worked as a reporter in radio and television, and was an advisor to Deputy Premiers Wal Murray and Ian Armstrong when the Nationals were last in Government.
As the mother of two children, Melinda is keenly focused on the issues that matter to families across the state.
Melinda’s catch cry is “let’s get it done together”, and it’s this positive attitude that has seen her secure massive investments in rebuilding roads, upgrading schools and partnering with the community on local projects.
Melinda says “There’s nothing I love more than travelling around our region and meeting the people that make our communities strong, because it’s the people that I fight for and deliver for you every day in Government. I fight for your jobs, for our children’s future, and for the things that matter to our communities. And it’s The Nationals who want to ensure there are a lot of opportunities ahead.”
Melinda was Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health before becoming Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. In 2019 she became Minister for Water, Property and Housing. In 2022 Melinda was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Stronger Communities and Families, and the North Coast.
On August 28, 2022, Melinda announced she would not be contesting the next General Election and would be leaving politics in March 2023.