Media Release: LGNSW Celebrates Advocacy Win on Regional Ministry

30 January 2017

The reinstatement of a Minister for Regional NSW was another positive step in the Berejiklian Government’s bid to rebuild relationships with communities outside of the state’s major metropolitan cities, Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said today.
LGNSW President Keith Rhoades commended Premier Gladys Berejiklian on her decision to restore the role, which has been taken on by Deputy Premier and NSW National Party Leader John Barilaro.
“LGNSW has lobbied for the restoration of this role since June 2015,” Clr Rhoades said.
“So it’s certainly encouraging that the new Premier and Deputy Premier have listened and acted accordingly.
“LGNSW believes it is essential to ensure rural and regional NSW are given the same consideration and have the same voice at the Cabinet table as anyone else.”
Clr Rhoades said the Orange by-election was a clear illustration of what happened when a Government stopped listening to its regional constituencies.
“There are a wealth of issues directly impacting on the lives of families and voters who live outside our major metropolitan centres,” he said.
“That’s why it’s critical that there is someone at that Cabinet table specifically charged with representing them.”
Clr Rhoades said he was confident that Deputy Premier John Barilaro had received the community’s message loud and clear during his recent tour of regional electorates. 
“Assuming responsibility for the Regional NSW portfolio is a concrete demonstration that Mr Barilaro knows what needs to be done,” Clr Rhoades said.
“He brings to the role his background as the Minister for Regional Development – a Ministry with a very targeted focus on jobs and development.
“This reinstated Ministry has a much broader remit, and it’s now up to Mr Barilaro to ensure the voice of regional and rural NSW carries equal weight in the Berejiklian Government.”
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