Three high-quality nominees for pre-selection have been announced in Dubbo. A meeting to vote on which of these fine members will become the NSW Nationals Candidate for the Dubbo Electorate at next year’s State Election will be held on Saturday, August 25. The Nationals pre-selection process is one of the finest examples of democracy in action, with grassroots members getting a say on who will represent them in Parliament.
With more than 27 years’ experience in radio and communications, including the past 10 years as breakfast/mornings presenter at ABC Western Plains in Dubbo, Dugald Saunders is a proud son of Western NSW.
Dugald grew up on farms around Mendooran and after years in the city – including commentating Australian golds at the Sydney Olympics – he came home with the family in 2006. Horses, chooks and cows keep the family – Dugald, his wife Karen and daughters Georgie and Charlie – busy when he’s not talking to the people of the region every week morning.
Professional, experienced and with a depth of knowledge around what matters most, Dugald is ready to represent the Dubbo Electorate.
One of Dubbo’s rising stars, Jillian is just as home on the farm as she is in the office, where she works as a civil engineer. Jillian grew up on a farm northwest of Coonamble and has represented the west as the 2006 The Land Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl, the 2010 Engineers Australia Young Professional Engineer of the Year, the Sydney University Young Alumni of the Year and the 2018 NSW/ACT Rural Woman of the Year.
With the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer’s daughter, the logical thinking of a civil engineer, and a true passion for people, Jillian is ready to give back to the region that’s given her so much. They say “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. Jillian would like to go far, together with the Party and its local membership.
Born and raised in Dubbo, Andrew McKay studied Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Commerce at the University of NSW before working in London and Sydney as a Chartered Accountant. A very active member of the community, Andrew has run the London Marathon twice, swam the English Channel in a relay for a disability charity and founded Zoo2Zoo (Taronga to Dubbo Western Plains Zoo) bike rides in 2016 which has raised more than $1 million for the Black Dog Institute.
In 2010 Andrew was awarded the Dubbo Day Award for services to the community and the Premiers Award in 2011 for services to the Dubbo Community. He is also involved in Rotary, The Dream Festival and the Dubbo Stampede.