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The bush loses a championas Barilaro exits

Former Treasurer and now newly elected Premier, Dominic Perrottet, in Bourke in 2019, with Bourke Mayor Barry Hollman, Jodie Sontag, and Deputy Premier John Barilaro. PHOTO TWH

Bourke and the entire western region had lost one of its most passionate champions with the resignation on Monday of Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

Mr Barilaro was the Nationals member for Monaro and had toured the west many times in his role as Deputy Premier and as Minister for Regional NSW.

Mr Barilaro was a regular visitor to Bourke including with drought relief deliveries last year and previously when the entire NSW Cabinet visited Bourke in November 2019.

Bourke Mayor, Barry Hollman, said it was sad to see both the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Deputy Premier departing the political stage, and he thanked both for their support of people in rural areas.

“They’ve both been wonderful for our community, bringing the entire Cabinet here and they have always made themselves available and gone out of their way to help whenever I have made a call,” Councillor Hollman said.

“They have both been very obliging and their commitment to the west is unparalleled. What they’ve also done for the entire state of NSW should also be recognised. These are sad days, losing both within a few days.

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