Melinda Pavey grew up on a dairy farm and spent more than a decade working for the people of regional NSW in the Legislative Council. Since 2015 as Member for Oxley on the Mid-North Coast, Melinda Pavey has dedicated herself to improving the lives of regional and rural constituents.
Before entering parliament, she owned and operated successful small businesses, worked as a reporter in radio and television, and was an advisor to Deputy Premiers Wal Murray and Ian Armstrong when the NSW Nationals were last in government.
As the mother of two, Melinda is keenly focussed on the issues that matter to families across the state.
Member for Oxley
Melinda entered the Legislative Council in 2002 at the age of 33, shortly after the birth of her second child. In 2015 Melinda ran as for the seat of Oxley after the retirement of the former leader of the NSW Nationals Andrew Stoner.
The Oxley electorate takes in everything east of the Great Dividing Range, from the timber towns of Wauchope and Comboyne in the south to Dorrigo in the North. Running along the coastline, the seat also takes in the major centres of Kempsey and Nambucca Heads to the smaller towns of Bellingen, Cresent and Hat Head, South West Rocks, Urunga, Bowraville and Macksville.
During her time as Member for Oxley, Melinda served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health from 2011 to 2015, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight from 2017 to 2019, and is currently Minister for Water, Property and Housing.