Our new ministerial team
This week the Premier and I unveiled our new Ministerial and Parliamentary Secretary team which will take us to the 2019 election and beyond.
Three new members of the NSW Nationals will join Cabinet – Melinda Pavey, Adam Marshall and Sarah Mitchell - and work alongside experienced Ministers – Troy Grant, Paul Toole, The Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals, Niall Blair, and myself - to bring a fresh approach and new energy to delivering vital services and infrastructure to our communities.
Six Parliamentary Secretaries – Rick Colless, Ben Franklin, Leslie Williams, Bronnie Taylor, Kevin Anderson and Chris Gulaptis – will support our Ministers and make sure that the people of regional NSW get their fair share.
This is the team that will guide Government decisions over the next two years and I promise they will work hard for you.
However, the hard work of this new team will be built on the strong foundations and legacy left by previous Ministers – notably Duncan Gay, Adrian Piccoli and Leslie Williams.
Duncan has been a long-standing member of the NSW Nationals, a mentor and guide to many, and represents the greatest values and traditions of the Nationals. Under his guidance, more money has been invested in rural and regional roads in NSW than in any other state in the country. Programs like Bridges for the Bush, Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail mean that every person driving in regional NSW will benefit from Duncan’s leadership for many years to come.
Adrian Piccoli has been one of the best and most admired Education Ministers that NSW has ever seen. Through championing the Gonski model of funding, Adrian has ensured that students in classrooms across NSW have benefitted from the new Resource Allocation Model which makes sure much-needed money flows to schools and classrooms that most need it.
Leslie Williams has made an outstanding contribution to the Early Childhood portfolio through her reforms to pre-school funding including securing $115 million to make pre-school more affordable for working families and ensure our children get the best start in life. I am pleased that Leslie will now bring her experience to the Regional and Rural Health Parliamentary Secretary role, and continue to champion greater access to essential services for our communities.
My commitment to the NSW Nationals is that my Cabinet Ministers, along with the rest of the Nationals Parliamentary team, will always have the best interests of rural and regional NSW at heart, and we will make sure that your voices are heard at the decision-making table – where it counts.