Young Nat gets pick of Orange
A 21-YEAR-OLD mental health worker has become the surprise candidate in the bid to reclaim the prized seat of Orange for the Nationals.
Despite senior Nationals tipping long-serving Parkes mayor to win preselection, it went to Yvette Quinn.
Ms Quinn, who has lived in Parkes for most of her life, will take on Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MP Phil Donato at the March 2019 state election with road safety, mental health and better transport links cited as her key priorities.
The Nationals are desperate to win back the seat which they lost at a by-election in 2016 in the wake of voter revolt over local government amalgamations and plans to shutdown greyhound racing.
Quizzed about her age by local media, Ms Quinn said: “I don’t see it as an advantage or a disadvantage.”
The Nationals began opening the coffers yesterday with a $4 million grant to expand the Orange Regional Gallery.
Quinn with John Barilaro.