The electoral district of Barwon is a seat in north-western NSW. Barwon is the largest NSW seat, stretching from Broken Hill to Narrabri, and covering rural areas to the north of Dubbo. Its workforce is mainly focused around agriculture and services.
According to 2016 Census data, Barwon has:
A population of 77,345 (47,711 voters turned out in 2015 out of 56,356 enrolled);
A higher than average median age at 42;
A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 8.8% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A lower than average median weekly household income of $1,023 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Barwon was created in 1927, however a previous incarnation Barwon existed from 1894 to 1904. Barwon has been held by the Country/National Party continuously since 1950.
The seat was first won by the Nationalist Party in 1927. The ALP held the seat from 1930 to 1932, and the Country Party held the seat from 1932 to 1940. In 1940, the ALP’s Roy Heferen won the seat. He held it for the next decade. He was disendorsed for the 1950 election and ran as an independent, the seat was won by the Country Party. Geoff Crawford won the seat for the Country Party in 1950. He held the seat for eight terms, retiring in 1976. Wal Murray won the seat for the National Country Party in 1976, retiring at the 1995 election. Ian Slack-Smith held Barwon for the National Party from 1995 until his retirement in 2007. He was succeeded in 2007 by Kevin Humphries. Kevin Humphries was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
Barwon has been the source of some recent contention with the Murray-Darling River and the Menindee fish kills.
The current member, National Kevin Humphries, is resigning. Andrew Schier is the candidate for the Nationals.
Andrew Schier (NAT)
Schier was a teacher and is currently a farmer. Andrew is currently an independent meat processor and the proprietor of Gilgandra Poultry. The farm employs 12 staff members. Schier is highly active in the local community as the Vice President of the Gilgandra Bowling Club, and the President of the Gilgandra Jockey Club for the past 22 years. He is also the Chairman of the Western Racing Association and has held this position for nine years.
Schier is the National candidate, with the current National member Kevin Humphries resigning. Humphries first one the seat in 2007 and was reelected in 2011. Humphries won the seat again in 2015, despite a -13.1 point swing. Humphries won 62.9% of the two-party-preferred vote.
Roy Butler (SFF)
Roy Butler is the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate for Barwon in the 2019 election.
Butler lives in Mendooran along with his wife and three kids. His work has taken him across the vast Barwon district.
Butler was previously a public servant and farmer. Butler has spent the last two months travelling across Barwon living in a caravan.