NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier Troy Grant said regional NSW has the best team in government to take our communities forward.
“The communities across regional NSW put their faith in us and I am determined we will deliver for them,” Mr Grant said.
“We have a plan to inject over $6 billion into regional roads, hospitals, schools and tourism and we have chosen a team representing communities across the state.
“We have a strong team with a good balance of experience and fresh sets of eyes.
“Regional NSW now has individual ministers responsible for crime and safety, tertiary skills and aboriginal affairs, while maintaining oversight of protecting our precious land and water resources.
“Duncan Gay and Adrian Piccoli continue in Roads and Education respectively, John Barilaro adds Regional Development and Skills to the Small Business portfolio and Paul Toole keeps Local Government.
“Niall Blair takes on Primary Industries, Lands and Water and Leslie Williams becomes Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education.
“Niall and Leslie are both talented and proven assets to the NSW Nationals and the communities they represent.”
Mr Grant said he wants regional NSW to be a first-choice place to live, work and bring up a family.
“That means more jobs, safer communities, better hospitals, schools and roads and conserving our natural environment, especially our precious land and water resources,” Mr Grant said.
“We are putting regional NSW back on the map and at the front of the decision making table. We will continue to go from strength to strength.
“We will work hard to deliver the outcomes rural and regional NSW deserves and ensure our communities are not left behind.
“Work starts now for my Nationals team and I to ensure we payback the trust placed in us and deliver on every single one of our commitments.
“I look forward to working with Premier Mike Baird and the entire NSW Liberals & Nationals team as we continue to rebuild NSW.
“I want to thank Katrina Hodgkinson and Kevin Humphries for their dedication to the NSW Nationals and for their service to the people of NSW.”
The new Cabinet was sworn in at Government House this morning.