Dawn Fardell

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Dawn Fardell
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Dubbo
In office
20 November 2004 – 26 March 2011
Succeeded by Troy Grant
Personal details
Born (1947-09-14) 14 September 1947 (age 69)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Leo Fardell (sep.)
Children 3
Residence Dubbo, New South Wales
Profession Politician

Dawn Elizabeth Fardell (born 14 September 1947), a former Australian politician, was an independent member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Dubbo between 2004 and 2011.

Early years and background[edit]

Fardell was born Sydney and moved to Dubbo in 1977. She is married to a local businessman and has three adult children. Fardell was a Councillor for Dubbo City Council between 1999 and 2005.

Political career[edit]

Following the 2004 death of independent Tony McGrane, Fardell was elected to represent Dubbo at the subsequent by-election. At the time, the by-election was seen as a test of the NSW Nationals, who had held the seat for 17 years prior to McGrane's election in 1999,[1] while Fardell presented herself as "capable of working with any party and not having to toe the party line".[2] Labor, who had not held the seat since 1959, did not field a candidate and federal independents Peter Andren and Tony Windsor supported Fardell in her campaign.[3] In the final result, Fardell picked up 49.3% of the primary vote, with 56% on a two-party preferred basis.[4]

She was returned to office in the 2007 state election, winning 41.66% of the primary vote with both major parties once again running,[5] and served as a member of parliamentary standing committees on public works and road safety.[6] Fardell was defeated at the 2011 general election by Troy Grant, a local police inspector.[7]


  1. ^ Mitchell, Alex (14 November 2004). "Nats in by-election showdown for Dubbo". The Sun-Herald. p. 40. 
  2. ^ Seccombe, Mike (20 November 2004). "Spoiling the party". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 32. 
  3. ^ Silmalis, Linda (21 November 2004). "Dubbo failure for Nats". The Sunday Telegraph. p. 17. 
  4. ^ Barry, Colin (1 February 2005). Legislative Assembly District of Dubbo : by-election : 20 November 2004. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 
  5. ^ "Post Election Night – 2007 State Election Results – State Electoral District of Dubbo". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Mrs Dawn Elizabeth Fardell, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2007. 
  7. ^ Huntsdale, Justin (26 March 2011). "Nationals win Dubbo in state wide Coalition landslide". ABC News. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Tony McGrane
Member for Dubbo
2004 – 2011
Succeeded by
Troy Grant