From Brewarrina to Byron, there are members of the NSW Nationals putting in the hard yards for their communities. Each year, we recognise some of the stand-out performances and give them a special nod at our Annual General Conference.

This year, Val Gardner was recognised for her tireless work with a Life Membership awarded at Cowra.

Nundle branch member Jeanette Melville was given an appreciation award for her tireless work for the Party.┬áNSW Nationals chairman Bede Burke said Mrs Melville was an “absolute gem”.

“Jeanette has been active in Tamworth and the New England electorate for as long as I’ve been involved,” he said. “She’s manned the pre-polling booths, worked in the campaign office, she’s just an energetic and tireless worker with great enthusiasm for the Nationals.”

Grenfell won the Branch of the Year award for its active involvement in the Cootamundra by-election, excellence in involvement including motions at conference, and having very active meetings.


Bathurst took out the Electorate Council of the Year award for the first time in its history, which was a surprise for Bathurst Chairman Sam Farraway.

“We were very surprised and obviously quite happy to have won EC of the Year,” he said. “Over the past 12-24 months we’ve put a lot of work into Branch membership, fundraising, having a full schedule of meetings and events throughout the year. We’ve got a very active Electorate Council and our local State MP Paul Toole has been very involved and engaged as well.”

The Metro Branch took home the Branch Trophy, for signing up the most new members in the past 12 months.