Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro have announced a new Cabinet team that will focus on delivering a better quality of life for people in every part of NSW.
Ms Berejiklian said the new Cabinet combines new blood and experience and introduces a number of new key portfolios such as dedicated Customer Service, Water and Regional Youth Ministers.
“After taking our economy from last to first and rolling out the most ambitious infrastructure program in the nation, we are now focused on getting the job done and delivering real benefits to families and individuals across NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The new team will help deliver better social outcomes for the most vulnerable and equality of opportunity for people across the State, no matter their background or where they live. This Cabinet is very much outcomes focused and will deliver positive improvements to the lives of people – whether they are in our cities or in the regions.”
Mr Barilaro said the new Ministry will hone in on key challenges and opportunities in the regions like never before. “Our Government has always recognised that the regions face different challenges than our cities, and this new team takes that to another level,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The ongoing drought is still the major issue impacting on our communities, particularly in the State’s West. That is why we have introduced a dedicated minister for Western NSW while also introducing a Minister for Water.
“Our new Ministers for Regional Youth and Regional Transport will also target the unique needs in our communities and will deliver real positive outcomes on the ground.”
Ms Berejiklian and Mr Barilaro thanked outgoing ministers Niall Blair, Gabrielle Upton, Tanya Davies and Ray Williams, while also thanking retired ministers Troy Grant and Pru Goward. The new Cabinet will be sworn in at Government House on Tuesday.