22.3 C
Byron Shire
October 16, 2021

NSW Nationals elect Paul Toole and Bronnie Taylor as leader and deputy

Latest News

Let’s get real

AFL Aussie Rules Grand Final in Western Australia... Rugby League Grand Final in Queensland... Melbourne Cup in Tasmania?    Margaret Keating,...

Other News

A concrete solution to carbon capture

A newly developed concrete – made from recycled construction waste and industrial exhaust gases – could reduce construction emissions.

COVID-19 update in Northern NSW

From 8 pm yesterday, 12 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Northern NSW. Nine cases have been identified...

End the cult

A military conflict between China and the USA would very likely result in global nuclear war, a major setback...

The Glasshouse

A driving holiday, inland from Byron, often serves as a healthy reminder that we’re spoilt for choice here with...

Poor Mandy

Poor Mandy indeed (Letters, 29 September). Glenn, it sounds to me like you’re trying to put Mandy IN her...

What makes a councillor?

Making decisions as a councillor is an important and serious job. The decisions that are made have a real...

New National leader Paul Toole, Deputy leader Bronnie Taylor with Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest and Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis. Photo supplied

The NSW National Party have elected  Paul Toole MP as NSW Nationals Leader and Bronnie Taylor MLC as his deputy replacing NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro who resigned on Monday.

Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest and Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said their election ‘is great news for the North Coast’.

The MPs credited ‘Mr Toole with increased funding for fixing local roads and country bridges following the successful completion of the massive Pacific Highway duplication’.

Mr Gulaptis singled out a ‘$10 million grant to upgrade the busy Coraki-Woodburn Road’  as being attributable to the actions of Mr Toole.

Mr Provest said it was also, ‘Mr Toole who had delivered on the Nationals’ promise of a $1 million Tweed Light Rail Study.’

They said the elevation of current Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor MLC to the deputy leadership brought extra intelligence and compassion to the team.

State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin. Photo Tree Faerie.

Must deliver for rural communities

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) congratulated Mr Toole on becoming Deputy Premier but reminded him and his party that they ‘must deliver on all of their election promises’.

That list includes ‘a proven boost to the health workforce, traffic lights for the Dawson Street-Ballina Road intersection in Lismore, taking back responsibility for up to 15,000 kilometres of regional roads from local councils, and fast-tracking the Tenterfield Bypass. (I have a longer list ready for Tooley as we call him),’ she explained.

Ms Saffin said it was the combined efforts of MPs banding together that had ensured that the NSW government had ‘regionalised’ the COVID-19 roadmap for opening up. Through these efforts they were able to ‘secure things that should have been in the roadmap’ including ‘vaccine equity for our rural and regional… and greater clarity for local business.’

‘The “Nationals in Government” must deliver, and make full account of, their election commitment of  284 extra nurses and midwives, 32 doctors, 38 allied health staff and 50 hospital workers across the Electorate of Lismore during this current Parliamentary term. I have asked the NSW Health Minister for a few nurses to be placed in Tenterfield. This is now more urgent with an expected surge in COVID-19 cases regionally,’ she said.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. The forced selling off of all these public schools in Murwillumbah has lost any credibility this NSW LNP Govt thought it had ever had.

  2. Bronnie, a seppo (not that there’s anything wrong with that), the Minister for women who voted against the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW when it was proposed in 2016? (She did later “change her mind”)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Mandatory vax

I write to you in response to the article on the front page of The Echo relating to mandatory vax. I find it extremely...

End the cult

A military conflict between China and the USA would very likely result in global nuclear war, a major setback to human civilisation and possibly...

Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is urging people to continue coming forward for testing and vaccination after two further COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, October 14. 

Charges after cars damaged in police pursuit – Coffs Harbour

Police say a man has been charged following a pursuit, where a number of cars – including an unmarked police car – were sideswiped on the Mid-North Coast yesterday.