Paul Toole has worked hard to deliver for the communities of the Bathurst electorate since his election to Parliament in 2011, securing a number of upgrades to the Great Western Highway, an expansion of the Bathurst Correctional Centre, a new $6.6 million Ambulance Station, a new Rural Fire Service Control Centre, waste water and sewerage upgrades for Portland and Cullen Bullen, $1.1 million to open the rail line between Kandos and Rylstone, and delivering much-needed improvements to our local villages.
It’s no wonder, then, that he enjoys great popular support across the region. A proven hard worker with a genuine love for the little things that make communities great, ‘Toolie’ hasn’t let up and is determined to deliver even more for the electorate.
Prior to entering State Parliament, Paul was a primary school teacher for almost 20 years, working in some of the area’s best schools and became a member of the local council in 1995. He became Bathurst Regional Council’s first deputy mayor in 2005 and then mayor in 2007, helping Bathurst become the fastest-growing inland regional city in NSW.
Paul and his wife Joanne have raised their three children – Rhayne, Keely and Scout – in the electorate and live in the historic town of Kelso.
Paul has been the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and for Asia-Pacific Trade and also held the role of Minister for Local Government, Racing, and Lands and Forestry, Regional NSW and Police.
Paul was first elected Nationals’ leader in October 2021, and was Deputy Premier from 2021 to 2023.
Paul is now the Shadow Minister for Police and Shadow Minister for Regional NSW.