Dawn Fardell

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.

Dawn Fardell

Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Dubbo
In office
20 November 2004 – 26 March 2011
Succeeded byTroy Grant
Personal details
Born (1947-09-14) 14 September 1947 (age 72)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Leo Fardell (sep.)
ResidenceDubbo, New South Wales

Early years and backgroundEdit

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 careerEdit

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, which 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 state election by the National Party candidate, 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 (1947- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  7. ^ Huntsdale, Justin (26 March 2011). "Nationals win Dubbo in state wide Coalition landslide". ABC News. Retrieved 3 April 2011.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Tony McGrane
Member for Dubbo
2004 – 2011
Succeeded by
Troy Grant