Candidate Kotvojs gets things done: PM

Colin Brinsden
Scott Morrison has hit the hustings with Liberal Eden-Monaro candidate Fiona Kotvojs (right)

Prime Minster Scott Morrison has thrown his full support behind Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs for the vacant federal seat of Eden-Monaro, saying she knows how to get things done.

Dr Kotvojs, a former teacher, scientist and small business operator from Dignams Creek, won preselection on Saturday night over defence department official Mark Schweikert.

She has been given a second chance to have a crack at federal politics after narrowly losing to Labor's Mike Kelly a year ago in the federal election,

Mr Kelly stood down from the seat earlier this month due to health reasons.

A date hasn't been set for the by-election but it is expected in late June or early July.

"I'm so pleased that she received that overwhelming endorsement of our local party members," Mr Morrison told reporters in Murrumbateman, in the seat of Eden-Monaro on Sunday.

"This is someone who knows how to get things down."

He said she now wanted to lead the way back for the people of Eden-Monaro from drought, bushfires and the coronavirus as their representative.

Dr Kotvojs said it was an honour to stand in the seat again.

"My community is who I am," she said.

"It has formed me and as a consequence of that, I give back to the community and I see that as critically important."

She will up against Labor's Kristy McBain, the former Bega mayor, who hit the campaign trail earlier this month.

The by-election sparked tension between NSW government frontbenchers John Barilaro and Andrew Constance, before both coalition MPs pulled out of the race.

Mr Constance - the Liberal transport minister - withdrew only 24 hours after seeking preselection when a newspaper front page revealed Mr Barilaro had used a crude word to describe him to colleagues.

Mr Barilaro - the state Nationals leader and deputy premier - had previously announced he wouldn't be contesting the seat.