Constance ends up final contender for Liberal tilt at Gilmore

“Extending our understanding of resilience beyond just natural disasters such as fire and flood to include a spectrum of issues from pandemics through to our fragile supply chains, defence security and sovereign industrial capabilities,” he said.

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Mr Constance rose to national prominence after the Black Summer bushfires, which devastated the region in his NSW state electorate of Bega.

He announced in October he would quit the state Parliament where he has served since 2003 to take a tilt at the federal seat that partially overlaps it.

Labor’s Fiona Phillips won Gilmore in 2019 with 52.6 per cent of the vote after the sitting Liberal member, Ann Sudmalis, retired. This was a 3.3-point swing away from the Liberals. The Liberal Party hopes to take the seat back in 2022.

Mr Ell was confirmed on Thursday as having won a seat on the Shoalhaven City Council at the December 4 local government elections.

Ms Tribe intends to nominate for preselection to the state seat of South Coast now that incumbent MP Shelley Hancock has announced her retirement.

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