Young Nat gets pick of Or­ange

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

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.

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