Our People  -  Meet your Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party representatives

Robert Brown

NSW Upper House Member

Robert has worked tirelessly in NSW Parliament since being elected in 2006 to ensure that shooters and fishers rights are protected and rural and regional NSW are not forgotten. Robert believes all shooters, fishers and farmers have a disproportionate measure of regulation and law shoved down their throats. Most of it is bad law and over-regulation.

Robert has been very active in the inner workings of the House via Legislative Council Committee’s and debates on various pieces of legislation. Robert is committed to working with the government of the day to improve matters related to firearms ownership and use and access for shooters and fishers. He has built a reputation as a skilful negotiator and a man of integrity and honesty.

Prior to his election, Robert was NSW Branch President of the Australian Deer Association and was actively involved in a number of sporting shooting and hunting clubs and associations for over 30 years.

An engineer and businessman by profession, Robert has also held various management positions across several multinational corporations. He is currently the Chair of General Purpose Standing Committee 5, which deals with the portfolios of DPI, Environment and Heritage, Lands and Water, and Industry, Resources and Energy.

This role has empowered him with the knowledge, experience, and compassion to deal with many issues seriously effecting the people of NSW, particularly those in rural and regional communities.

Robert continues to pragmatically and successfully deal with the government to ensure shooters, fishers, and farmers rights are not undermined. He remains one of the strongest advocates against the insidious advance of animal rights extremists and dangerous left leaning ideologies.

Robert Borsak

NSW Upper House Member

Since he came into Parliament in 2010, Robert Borsak has built a reputation as a fearless representative and advocate for shooters, hunters, fishers, and farmers across NSW. Outspoken and principled, Robert has consistently fought for the rights of everyday Australians to live their lives without undue constraint.

Born in Sydney and schooled in Ashfield, Robert has spent most of his life as a successful businessman and accountant, during which time he has been chairman of the Brooker Holdings Group, manufacturers of aluminium boats and trailers, and many other companies.

Robert was elected as the Shooters and Fishers Party MLC in the Upper House following the sudden death of his friend and colleague Roy Smith in 2010. “Semi-retired” at the time Robert was the only real choice after having worked closely with the Shooters MP John Tingle and Robert Brown.

Robert has served as Chairman of the Shooters and Fishers Party, strategically ensuring the growth and success of the Party. Prior to being elected, Robert also acted as Chairman of the ground-breaking Game Council of NSW, which set the standard for conservation hunting in Australia.

Robert enjoys all forms of hunting and fishing.

He continues to live in Ashfield with his wife Cheryl, whom he met while scouting, and is the proud father of three children and two grandchildren.

He resents shooters and hunters being viewed or treated by anyone as a criminal in waiting. He has been a staunch advocate for various groups who are culturally under attack by the Greens and the major parties.

Jason Bolwell

Wollondilly District Candidate

Jason is a small business owner and greyhound breeder and trainer operating out of Picton.

Sebastian McDonagh

Wagga Wagga District Candidate

Seb currently works for TAFE NSW and has a background in healthcare and farming. He is a keen shooter and fisher.

rayne single

Northern Tablelands District Candidate

Rayne is an electrical fitter who has had enough with the major parties and the big end of town in Sydney making poor decisions that negatively affect his regional community.

He loves his area. Born, bred and educated in Armidale, he works across the Northern Tablelands.

Rayne is married and is planning on raising his family in the district.

Matthew Stadtmiller

Cootamundra District Candidate

Matthew was born and raised in Harden-Murrumburrah. He manages his own successful independent newsletter out of Harden and is a local councillor for Hilltops Council.

He is a proud country boy having attend school and played rugby union in the district.  

Matthew is a former member of Flexible Care, an organisation which looks after the welfare of disabled, sick and elderly people in the local area.

He established his own independent newspaper, the Twin Town Times, with its first edition being published on 12 January 2014.

In 2016, Matthew was one of a large number of councillors across NSW who were sacked when former Premier forcibly amalgamated local councils across the State.

Matthew is married to his wife Nysa. Together they are raising their baby daughter.

Matthew loves working with horses, tending to his sheep, fishing and is the keenest of sportsman.

Matthew ran as the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party candidate in the 2017 Cootamundra by-election securing over 23% of the primary vote in his first election. He believes the Nationals long hold over the district have left his community forgotten and unheard.  

Larry Freeman

Gosford District Candidate

Larry has lived on the Central Coast for 50 years and heard many promises from Sydney-based politicians.

But never more than what he heard during the by-election last year, when the NSW premier visited his community and promised the world.

It’s no surprise that she hasn’t been back since.

As the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate for Gosford, and someone that’s lived on the coast for half a century, Larry can get things done.

Philip Donato

Member for Orange

Philip Donato is the first Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP elected to the Lower House of any Parliament in Australia.

Mr Donato, a Police Prosecutor for 16 years, was elected as Member for Orange in a by-election on 12 November 2016 with the largest swing in New South Wales political history.

He knows that the National Party has forgotten regional NSW as they just do whatever the Liberal Party tells them.

Philip Donato is a strong advocate for the Central West and leaves no holds barred when it comes to fighting for his community.

He has been able to force the Government to deliver millions of dollars of funding and representation to his district. Only Philip Donato can hold both major parties to account. 


 

Stuart Davidson

Coffs Harbour District Candidate

When you have a candidate that’s lived in regional NSW for 35 years, you know you’re getting the real deal. 

Like many others he has had enough of the constant neglect and lies from the National Party.

As the Shooters Fishers and Farmers representative, Stuart wants to be the strong voice of Coffs Harbour and fight for a better deal for Coffs Harbour

Stephen Cansdell

Clarence District Candidate

Steve is the former Nationals member for Clarence and Australian boxing champion who left that party following its failed track record on sticking up for regional communities and country people.

Brenden May

Bathurst District Candidate

Brendan is a potato farmer from Millthorpe and a former high school teacher.

Roy Butler

Barwon District Candidate

Roy lives in Mendooran along with his wife and three kids. His work has taken him across the vast Barwon district.

Roy understands that his constituents need a real voice for the bush in Macquarie Street, not someone who will just toe the party line.

Roy believes that kids in his community deserve the same opportunities in life as those living in Sydney.

Currently Roy is touring the entire district to speak with locals on ways to attract people and businesses to stay and work in Barwon.

Mick Holton

Monaro District Candidate

Mick is the President of the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association. He manages a successful small consulting business with his wife Jeanette.

Helen Dalton

Candidate for Murray District

Helen is a farmer and former teacher with a proven track record in fighting for farmers rights, especially on water and property rights. She is a mother of four and the  Nuffield scholar.

Helen is passionate about rural communities, the environment and getting regional and rural areas issues heard.

Helen is holding the Nationals to account in her district of Murray for failing to stand up for the rights of farmers in the Murray Darling Basin Plan and the River Red Gums.

She will be contesting the Murray district for the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party after narrowly being defeated in the 2017 Murray by-election.

Helen is a true country representative who understands the city country divide has delivered poor outcomes for her community which often suffers from the tyranny of distance. 

Lee Watts

Upper Hunter District Candidate

Lee is a marriage celebrant, community centre manager, councillor and fighter for Upper Hunter.

Lee has served on the Upper Hunter Shire Council as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. During her term as Mayor she was the recipient of the Bluett Award which is the greatest accolade a council can achieve. 

She has managed Scone Neighbourhood Centres for more than 20 years.

She helped establish the Upper Hunter Men’s Shed and the Aberdeen Shed where she is now an honorary female member. 

With Lee “Watt You See Is Watt You Get”

Lara Quealy

Dubbo District Candidate

As a lifelong farmer for Trangie, Lara knows firsthand how tough people are doing it out west.

Lara is sick of the neglect shown by the NSW Government in country towns and she wants to ensure Dubbo gets the sort of services Sydneysiders takes for granted.

Dubbo has been neglected for far too long, enough is enough.

Jeff Bacon

Tamworth District Candidate

Jeff is born and raised in the Tamworth district. He grew up on a cattle farm south of Breeza.

Since 2007, Jeff has been a small business owner, running his own heavy diesel repair company servicing the needs of his customers and farmers across the district.

Jeff is the current President of the Tamworth Branch of the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party. He is a proud law-abiding firearms owner, hunter, and fisher.

Only with a truly country focused and powerful political party like the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party can Tamworth get what it deserves.