Fiona Leviny is to seek pre-selection for the seat of Clarence for the National Party.
Fiona Leviny is to seek pre-selection for the seat of Clarence for the National Party. Adam Hourigan

TV show intrudes on Nationals bid

THE timing could not have been worse for Clarence Nationals pre-selection candidate Fiona Leviny.

Smack in the middle of her bid to get National Party endorsement to run for the seat of Clarence, Ms Leviny has to travel to Sydney for four days for the filming of the final episodes of the Channel Ten show The Renovators.

Ms Leviny, 50, was a contestant in the show and holds one of the "keys" and said she had no choice but to attend.

But nominations for the vacated National Party position close on Monday and pre-selection occurs on Saturday, October 1, meaning she will be away for most of the time other candidates will be lobbying for the green light.

Yesterday she came into The Daily Examiner office slightly out of breath, rushing after having just showered and changed her clothes after a morning ramming fence posts on her Southgate property.

"I am a hard worker at whatever I do," she said.

She joined the Nationals last Friday, immediately after Mr Cansdell's resignation, but said she had been considering running for politics for some time.

"The Nationals represent what I stand for," she said.

"From the time I was a young girl and had a private meeting with Ian Sinclair, I have had an interest in politics.

"It's not a nine to five job and that's not what I want.

"I am a farmer and that is much longer than nine to five."

She said she had a strong professional background, having worked all around Australia and overseas, and had worked in agriculture and tourism.

"I would be there to work 150%," she said.

She said she knew the importance of such things as a second Grafton bridge and an upgrade of the Pacific Hwy, but her first priorities would be to get a comprehensive understanding of the demographics of the electorate and to get to know as many people as possible and learn of their concerns.

"I am a passionate person and a passionate worker," she said.

"I want to achieve what is best for the electorate."