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New Deputy Premier gets thumbs up

New NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole, on right, with John Barilaro, the man he replaced, in Bourke 2019. PHOTO TWH

The new Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader, Paul Toole, will join Premier Dominic Perrottet on a tour of regional communities within weeks and has made a commitment to stand up for regional communities.

Mr Toole’s appointment has been welcomed by mayors across the region and by NSW Farmers.

Bourke Mayor Barry Hollman said the new Deputy Premier was a great choice for the bush.

“I first met Mr Toole when he was Minister for Local Government more than ten years ago and he’ll be excellent as Deputy Premier,” Councillor Hollman said.

“I have found him to be really good to work with and he has been exceptional for us.

“Mr Toole was responsible for the $30-$40 million grant to seal the Wanaaring Road, and we are now only 30 kilometres out of Wanaaring.

“He is well known in the bush and has been involved with local government for more than a decade, and I am looking forward to working with him. He will be wonderful for Bourke and the western area and will carry on what John Barilaro was doing,” Councillor Hollman said.

Mayor of Brewarrina Shire, Phillip O’Connor said it was a ‘great decision’ to elect Mr Toole as Deputy Premier.

“I get on well with him and he will be great for the bush, as John Barilaro was,” Councillor O’Connor said.

“He has shown a lot of interest in our local roads programs and how we give jobs and training to local indigenous people.

“We have had a lot of funding through Mr Toole for our roads and he has been impressed with how we are doing things here.

“We have runs on the board and we are proving we can get things done in Brewarrina Shire,” he said.

NSW Farmers president James Jackson said he hoped the new leaders would work to secure a better deal for agriculture and address the urgent need for more workers in the agriculture sector.

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