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A ‘meet the candidates’ forum will be held at Lismore’s Southern Cross University Enterprise Lab tomorrow evening to give locals the chance to grill prospective candidates.

The NSW National Party, which is holding a community preselection on 18 November, is organising the event, which begins at 6pm.

The candidates to front the audience will be Lismore real-estate agent Andrew Gordon, Tenterfield shire mayor Peter Petty, and Tregeagle farmer Austin Curtin.

Anyone enrolled in the Lismore electorate can have their say and participate by voting for their favourite candidate at one of the six polling booths located across the electorate.

More information can be found at: www.lismorevotes.com.au

Meanwhile, reports indicate that Sue Higginson, former head of the NSW Environmental Defenders Office, will be putting herself forward as the Greens candidate for the Lismore electorate.

The former candidate Adam Guise, who was narrowly pipped by outgoing Nationals MP Thomas George at the last election and is now a Lismore City councillor, has not yet indicated publicly whether he will be standing although Greens sources indicate he won’t be.

Ms Higginson, who has an impressive history as a front-line environmentalist, and later as a lawyer, would be a strong contender, although it is yet to be seen whether she might be swayed to have a go for an upper house seat.

One reliable source has suggested that Ms Higginson agreed to consider nominating after being approached by former Greens MLC Ian Cohen.

The Echonetdaily has asked Ms Saffin whether she would be putting herself forward against Lismore mayor Isaac Smith, and another local, Jasmine Knight-Smith, for a tilt at the state seat but she is yet to respond.

It’s understood however, that she has indeed agreed to run for the seat.




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  1. Regarding Sue Higginson when Echonetdaily writes “she has yet to confirm her nomination with the Echonetdaily,” it could be asked if the Greens have selected a timid candidate.


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