NSW NATIONALS have preselected Melinda Pavey MLC as candidate for the seat of Oxley at the NSW election on March 28.
A gathering of delegates in Macksville on Saturday morning gave the Coffs Harbour-based Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health the nod following the resignation of former Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner who held the seat since 1999.
"I am honoured to have been preselected for the state election next March," Mrs Pavey said.
"Oxley is a beautifully diverse electorate.
"The needs of communities in the south such as Wauchope and Comboyne are very different to those in the north in places such as Kempsey and Macksville.
"Over the coming months I am looking forward to getting stuck into the election campaign and meeting with as many residents as I can, on their doorsteps, at markets, community events and at any available opportunity."
Chairman of the NSW Nationals, Bede Burke, was in Macksville for the preselection meeting.
"Melinda has considerable experience," he said.
"Just as with other electorates that have a retiring Nationals Member of Parliament, we as a party cannot rest on our laurels and assume that people will vote for us merely because they voted for the previous Nationals candidate."
Mrs Pavey was nominated for preselection by the Bellingen branch.