No Minister for North Coast, just a Parliamentary Secretary
CLARENCE MP Chris Gulaptis has been named the Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, as the role is downgraded from a ministerial role to a parliamentary secretary role.
This came as part of the announcement from NSW Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier Troy Grant of the new Cabinet and team that will be sworn in at Government House tomorrow morning.
"This is a Cabinet for today and tomorrow," Mr Baird said.
However, the news that Mr Gulaptis will be the Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast means the former role of Minister for the North Coast, held by Duncan Gay, has now been downgraded to a non-Cabinet position.
Instead, these positions will report direct to Cabinet each quarter and will hold ministers to account for delivery of the Coalition's election commitments across the regions.
Despite this, Mr Grant said the new Cabinet team will have a strong regional focus.
"This is a Cabinet that represents all communities across the state," Mr Grant said.
"The benefit of having strong regional representation in Government is more voices at the decision-making table.
"These changes mean regional NSW now has individual ministers responsible for crime and safety, tertiary skills and aboriginal affairs while maintaining oversight of protecting our precious land and water resources.
"Regional NSW is back at the heart of government."