Premier Gladys Berejiklian today thanked Pru Goward for her outstanding contribution and service to the people of NSW following her announcement that she will not stand at the next election due to family reasons.
“I know how difficult this decision has been for Pru and completely appreciate her need to put family first at this difficult time,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Pru has been a trailblazer for women in this country, an outstanding Minister and a strong advocate for the people of the Goulburn electorate. She will be missed.
“Pru served as Minister for Family and Community Services, Social Housing, Planning, Medical Research, Mental Health, Women, Assistant Minister for Health and as the State’s first Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Minister. She excelled in all these roles.
“She will leave a legacy of achievement for which she can be enormously proud, including her historic improvements to the child protection system which has resulted in a record number of caseworkers on the frontline, a drastic reduction in the number of children entering care and championed adoption reform.
“Pru has overseen the biggest social housing building program in the country, which has helped more disadvantaged people find the security of a home.
“Locally, Pru has delivered hospital upgrades in both Goulburn and Bowral, as well as improvements to the Barton Highway.
“Pru doesn’t do anything by halves and I know she will continue to work as hard as ever for the people of NSW and for her electorate until March 2019.
“I wish her and her family the best for the future.”