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The reinstatement of a Minister for Regional
NSW was another positive step in the
Berejiklian Government’s bid to rebuild
relationships with communities outside of
the state’s major metropolitan cities, Local
Government NSW (LGNSW) said today.
LGNSW President Keith Rhoades
commended Premier Gladys Berejiklian
on her decision to restore the role, which
has been taken on by Deputy Premier and
NSW National Party Leader John Barilaro.
“LGNSW has lobbied for the restoration
of this role since June 2015,” Cr Rhoades
“So it’s certainly encouraging that the
new Premier and Deputy Premier have
listened and acted accordingly.
“LGNSW believes it is essential to ensure
rural and regional NSW are given the same
consideration and have the same voice at
the Cabinet table as anyone else.”
Cr Rhoades said the Orange by-election
was a clear illustration of what happened
when a Government stopped listening to
its regional constituencies.
“There are a wealth of issues directly
impacting on the lives of families and voters
who live outside our major metropolitan
centres,” he said.
“That’s why it’s critical that there is
someone at that Cabinet table specifically
charged with representing them.”
Cr Rhoades said he was confident
that Deputy Premier John Barilaro had
received the community’s message loud
and clear during his recent tour of regional
“Assuming responsibility for the Regional
NSW portfolio is a concrete demonstration
that Mr Barilaro knows what needs to be
done,” Cr Rhoades said.
“He brings to the role his background as
the Minister for Regional Development – a
Ministry with a very targeted focus on jobs
“This reinstated Ministry has a much
broader remit, and it’s now up to Mr
Barilaro to ensure the voice of regional
and rural NSW carries equal weight in the
NSW Farmers happy
NSW Farmers congratulates members
of the Berejiklian-Barilaro ministry being
NSW Farmers’ President, Derek Schoen
said the Association was looking forward
to working with the new look Cabinet to
progress issues central to the farming
community in NSW.
“Key amongst our issues are better
rural transport infrastructure, more efficient
road access, well executed biodiversity
reforms and a renewed focus on the cost
of electricity for farmers in NSW.
“Beyond these key issues, there are
many more – for example, we will seek to
discuss the removal of stamp duty and the
new Emergency Services Property Levy
with the new Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet,
regional health with Brad Hazzard, and
local government issues with Gabrielle
“There are also outstanding issues
relating to the MoU the Association signed
with the NSW Government in 2015. Farm
trespass is still very much top-of-mind
in the farming community, as is land use
“We are pleased to see Minister Blair
keeping his primary industries portfolio.
We urge the Minister to keep his eye
on the ball and ensure the effective
implementation of the biodiversity reforms.
“With a now sharpened focus on regional
water only, we expect the Minister to stand
up for farmers and regional communities
and ensure that no further socio-economic
activity is ripped from Basin towns with
Murray Darling Basin Plan state-based
offset projects due this year,” Mr Schoen
As political ‘disruption’ echoes around
the globe, NSW Farmers is reminding the
new ministry that regional and rural NSW
must not be forgotten.
“As the Deputy Premier acknowledged
last week, the priority and the focus wasn’t
on regional New South Wales.
“The new look Cabinet has a wonderful
opportunity to swing the pendulum back to
where it needs to be,” Mr Schoen said.
NSW Farmers would like to recognise
Melinda Pavey, Adam Marshall, Don
Harwin, Matt Kean, Tanya Davies,
Sarah Mitchell and Ray Williams on their
appointment to Cabinet.
The Association would also like to
acknowledge the valuable contribution of
the outgoing ministers, in particular Duncan
Gay and Adrian Piccoli.
LGNSW celebrates advocacy win on
Bronnie Taylor’s new role
Bronnie Taylor is now Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s
The new cabinet for the NSW
government was sworn in on
Monday January 30, following
the resignation of Premier
Mike Baird on January 18. The
reshuffle has seen Bronnie
Taylor take on the new role of
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Deputy Premier, John Barilaro.
Member for Monaro John
Barilaro remains the Deputy
Premier and leader of the
Nationals party with the
new portfolio of Minister for
Regional NSW added to his
responsibilities of skills and small
The position is a step up
for Mrs Taylor, allowing her to
become more involved in the
decision making process.
will now be a direct part of Mr
Barliaro’s team,” she said.
“The position is going to give
comes to driving initiatives that
are really important to regional
NSW. With a background in
health, I am really passionate
about providing excellent health
services to regional NSW.”
Mrs Taylor also identifies
employment and education
services as priorities for the
regional areas of NSW.
“There is lots of work to do
and we will be very busy. John
certainly sets a cracking pace
and I am looking forward to the
challenge of working with him
directly to form policies and
achievements for regional NSW.”
In addition to the new role, Mrs
Taylor also retains her position
as Parliamentary Secretary for
“I am as passionate as ever
about Southern NSW, and
making sure the entire region
continues to have a loud and
strong voice in Government”.
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