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NSW premier backs stadium for votes pledge

The NSW premier has been accused of blackmail over a $25m pledge for a sports complex in Orange. (AAP)

The NSW premier has pledged $25 million for a new sporting complex in Orange if her candidate is elected - a tactic Labor and the sitting MP calls blackmail.

Gladys Berejiklian is refusing to back down from a threat to deny the people of Orange $25 million for a new sporting complex unless they vote for her candidate.

The NSW premier on Wednesday said the new sporting facility with a 1500-seat grandstand would only be built if Nationals candidate Kate Hazelton was elected on March 23.

"This (facility) will only happen if Kate is the member and I want to make that clear," she said in Orange.

Sitting Shooters MP Philip Donato and NSW Labor immediately accused her of attempting to blackmail the community.

"I'm someone who says it like it is and I said it like was," Ms Berejiklian said on Thursday in defending the conditional commitment.

"There's no doubt the election result is going to be very close.

"We want to keep delivering across the state and we can't keep delivering unless we are elected to government."

Junior coalition partner the Nationals lost Orange to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party in a late 2016 by-election.

Ms Berejiklian said she felt "very strongly" about the Shooters.

"I don't want what they stand for to be normalised in NSW," the Liberal leader told reporters in Sydney.

"I don't think it's okay to normalise the policies they stand for."

Ms Hazelton was preselected as the Nationals candidate for Orange at the weekend after the previous choice, 21-year-old Yvette Quinn, quit in late 2018.

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