Fraser to contest Richmond seat

Bilambil Heights' Matthew Fraser has been chosen as the Nationals candidate for Richmond.
Bilambil Heights' Matthew Fraser has been chosen as the Nationals candidate for Richmond. John Gass

RICHMOND'S grassroots Nationals have chosen Tweed young gun Matthew Fraser following a preselection on Saturday at Cudgen Leagues Club.

The 33-year-old owner of two Hungry Jacks stores, licensed pilot and karate enthusiast said he would "work hard for Richmond."

"It has been an exciting road so far and I'm rapt to have been chosen," he said.

"I've spent a long time talking about issues in the region.

"Now I'm putting my money where my mouth is.'

Born in Penrith and now living at Bilambil Heights, he has lived on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait and is engaged to partner Paula Donovan

He bought his first property at 21, has owned and operated the Hungry Jacks at Tweed Heads South for three years and has just taken on a second store.

"I am proud to have given many young Australians their first taste of paid work," he said.

But the young entrepreneur said he has always been interested in politics

"There were four very strong local candidates, any one of whom would make a great MP," said North Coast Nationals' Senator Fiona Nash.

"It was a difficult choice for the 89 local grassroots Nationals who gathered for party's democratic preselection."

The meeting heard each candidate speak for 10 minutes and answer questions from the floor for a further 10 minutes.

The ballot was then conducted with each and every party member present entitled to one vote.

"Matthew Fraser has all the right credentials," Senator Nash said.

"He's a great family man, has a passion for his community and strong commitments particularly in the areas of small business, jobs for young people and cost of living pressures."

"He is up against a Labor MP with a well-oiled spin machine and all the benefits of incumbency."

The electorate of Richmond incudes the Tweed and Byron local government areas as well as the towns of Lennox Head and Nimbin

Richmond's Labor MP Justine Elliot said Mr Fraser will "talk tough on the campaign trial."

"But if he gets into government he will roll over to the Liberals like his state counterparts," she said.

"I am sure that Matthew Fraser is a nice bloke.

"But they say that about Geoff Provest too.

"A nice bloke gets run over by the Liberals once they are in government."

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