Today, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant announced his retirement at the State Election in 2019.
Mr Grant was elected as Member for Dubbo in 2011 after serving regional communities right across the state for more than 20 years as a member of the NSW Police Force. Mr Grant said that fighting for and representing the communities of the Dubbo electorate had been the most rewarding measure of his time in Parliament.
“Whether it’s the small projects like upgrading Trangie Oval to the large-scale redevelopments of the Forbes and Mudgee Hospitals and the integrated cancer centre in Dubbo, I know these developments will have a real impact on our community,” Mr Grant said. “I’m proud to have fought for strong investments into our infrastructure and services, including hospitals, roads and schools as well as overseeing the promotion of Dubbo as a regional centre. I might be biased, but the Dubbo Electorate is truly one of the best places to live in NSW, if not Australia.”
As Minister for Police, Mr Grant oversaw the biggest organisational change of the NSW Police Force in the past 20 years which included appointing the new position of Deputy Commissioner of Police for Regional NSW and rural crime prevention teams – both created to tackle the unique issues facing regional police and ensuring the force better reflected the communities it served.
Mr Grant also served as the Deputy Premier of NSW and Leader of the NSW Nationals. He led the Nationals to victory at the 2015 State Election and is the only Nationals Leader to return every sitting member standing for re-election to Parliament.
“I’m so proud to have been a part of and to have lead such a strong Nationals team in Government,” Mr Grant said. “I have long described myself as a son of regional NSW having called many towns home, and I have worked hard to not only ensure the Dubbo electorate gets its fair share, but that all of country NSW prospers. Together we have turned the economy of NSW around and made sure regional NSW communities are the beneficiaries. Never has there been a government so focused on delivering for regional NSW.”
NSW Nationals Chairman Bede Burke said Mr Grant’s service to regional communities was exemplary and his legacy would be one of dedication.
“Right across NSW, our towns and regional centres have been left better off thanks to Troy,” Mr Burke said. “Whether it be the major drop in crime rates, a greater appreciation of the arts in our regional communities or the upgrades to hundreds of emergency services stations and equipment, all can be traced back to Troy’s time in Government.”
Mr Grant will continue to serve the electorate of Dubbo with the same energy and determination until the State Election in 2019.