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Cabinet changes ‘good for region’

Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Changes to the NSW State Government Ministry could have positive impacts for the Far West Region, according to Mayor Wincen Cuy.

“With Kevin Humphries keeping his Western NSW portfolio and gaining the Ministry for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, it is a positive for the region,” Cr Cuy said. 

“Our Council has a good relationship with Mr Humphries and he will be an important player with future mining developments across our region. As well, we all know the importance of water security and with him overseeing that portfolio we do have an advocate for our region.

“He does have the Far West at heart and he will provide a strong voice in the ministry when it comes to seeing Western NSW prosper.”

The mayor said the region had another friend in Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner who takes on Tourism and Major Events.

“The Deputy Premier has been a strong advocate for Regional NSW and the fact that tourism is now under his guidance provides more prestige to the portfolio. He has a strong understanding of promoting the whole of NSW and its unique experiences.

“I think we will see greater diversification in tourism campaigns and I think that we can, in the future, leverage from that.”

Cr Cuy recognised the involvement of former Minister for Local Government Don Page who “worked hard to ensure that Local Government was recognised for its leadership and decision-making”.

“I am also looking forward to working with Minister Paul Toole who, as a former recent Mayor of Bathurst, has a great grounding in the trials and tribulations facing Local Government. Fresh ideas and change are to be embraced.”

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