Lismore community pre-selection sees Peter Petty in top spot on ballot

Candidate Austin Curtin, Tenterfield Business Chamber's Vince Sherry, MP Thomas George and candidates Peter Petty and Andrew Gordon at the Nationals' forum last week.
Candidate Austin Curtin, Tenterfield Business Chamber's Vince Sherry, MP Thomas George and candidates Peter Petty and Andrew Gordon at the Nationals' forum last week.

Tenterfield mayor Peter Petty has drawn top spot in the community pre-selection ballot for the Nationals, as they seek to select a candidate for the state seat of Lismore.

The candidates will appear on the ballot in the following order - Peter Petty, Austin Curtin and Andrew Gordon.

The community preselection is a method of selecting The Nationals’ candidate for an electorate, where everyone enrolled to vote there is entitled to cast a ballot for their preferred candidate.

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NSW Nationals’ Deputy State Director Thomas Aubert said that the Lismore electorate will be making history on November 18.

“This is first time that residents in the Northern Rivers will have the opportunity to actually select a party candidate for a state election,” Mr Aubert said.

“Only one other fully open community preselection has been conducted in Australia, which was also by The Nationals in Tamworth for the 2011 state election.”

“The difference between our model and that of other parties is that everyone in the community can vote in person at a polling booth.

“The community preselection is about giving every local in every community across the Lismore electorate the ultimate choice about who they want to be their Nationals candidate for the 2019 State Election.”

Mr Aubert urged locals to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

“Whoever wins the community vote on 18 November will be our candidate – so I encourage everyone to head to a polling place and make themselves heard,” he said.

Polls will be open on November 18 from 8am to 6pm, at the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts in Rouse Street.

Other voting locations are Lismore Presbyterian Church, Goonellabah Community Centre, Bonalbo Memorial Hall, Kyogle Seniors’ Centre and Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre.