Member of the NSW Legislative Council
Bronnie Taylor was elected into the NSW Legislative Council in 2015, bringing experience and skills that are making a real difference to regional NSW. In 2016 she undertook the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Communications and Southern NSW, and since has recently been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW.
Bronnie has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, with eighteen of those working in rural and regional communities. Her specialty in the field of both Palliative care and Oncology fuelled her determination to ensure that her patients were able to access the services they required as close to home as possible. She became involved in the National Party after her involvement with a local community group- the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research who have raised in excess of 1.5 million dollars to bring a local Oncology service to Cooma using a shared care model - the first of its kind in NSW. Bronnie realises that to get things done in rural and regional NSW, the National Party is the political organisation that understands its communities best.
Bronnie was one of the original Clinical Nurse Consultants appointed for the McGrath Foundation and served in this role until March 2013. Bronnie then worked for 15 months as the Director of Cancer Services and Innovation for NSW Health until June 2014. Bronnie found working with cancer services exceptionally rewarding, it showed her the importance of ensuring that no matter where a person lives, they deserve access to the same quality of services that those in metropolitan areas take for granted.
Bronnie chaired the Education Policy Committee for the NSW Central Council of the National Party which has assisted in developing the policy platform for education in NSW. She is a strong believer that regional and rural children should have access to the same educational opportunity as their metropolitan counterparts, so that a child's destiny is not determined by where they live. Bronnie passionately believes that good educational opportunities in regional areas is an integral part of developing regional areas.
Bronnie was elected onto Cooma-Monaro Shire Council in 2010, and as deputy mayor in 2011. In 2013 Bronnie was nominated for a Minister’s Award for women in local government in the ‘Rural or Regional Council’ category. This recognised women in non-traditional and male dominated positions, the unsung heroes of government at local level.
Together with her husband Duncan, Bronnie has been involved with local agriculture for over 20 years. The pair have run farming enterprises both on the Monaro Plains and in the Riverina. She maintains a strong belief in the bright future for agriculture in New South Wales, and its importance to the future of the state.