Russell William Turner (born 12 May 1941), an Australian politician, is a councillor of the City of Orange Council, since 2012. Turner was previously a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Orange between 1996 and 2011 for the Nationals.[1]

Russell Turner
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Orange
In office
25 May 1996 – 26 March 2011
Preceded byGarry West
Succeeded byAndrew Gee
Councillor, City of Orange Council
Assumed office
8 September 2012
Personal details
Russell William Turner

(1941-05-12) 12 May 1941 (age 78)
Sydney, New South Wales
Political partyThe Nationals


Turner was born in Sydney and educated at Manly Boys High School. He is married with two sons and one daughter.

The seat of Orange is a safe National Party seat and has been so for many decades. Turner was only the third person to hold the position since 1947. In the 2007 state election, he successfully defended his seat and increased his majority when challenged by independent candidate, John Davis, the then mayor of Orange.[2] In 2010 Turner announced his decision to not contest the 2011 state election.[3][4] The National Party endorsed Andrew Gee, a local lawyer and barrister, who successfully contested the seat.[5][6][7]

In 2012 Turner was elected to Orange City Council, receiving 7.51% of the first preference formal votes, and was the first candidate to achieve the quota required to be elected to the Council.[8] Despite speculation that he would seek election as mayor, Turner did not seek election.[9]


  1. ^ "Mr Russell William Turner (1941– )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ "State Electoral District of Orange". 2007 State Election Results. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Turner to quit politics". WIN News. WIN Television. 12 March 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  4. ^ Sheilds, Bevan (13 July 2010). "Russell's super payout". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  5. ^ Sheilds, Bevan (2 June 2010). "The candidates – Andrew Gee". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Alex (31 October 2010). "Socialist shakedown in lacklustre Labor". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  7. ^ Green, Antony (31 March 2011). "Orange". NSW Votes 2011. Australia: ABC News. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Orange City Council: First Preferences by Group and Candidate" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  9. ^ Woodburn, Joanna (21 September 2012). "Sole candidate for Orange City Council's top job". ABC News Central West. Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2012.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Garry West
Member for Orange
Succeeded by
Andrew Gee