Deputy Premier takes over the regions with Central Coast recognised as a region
Deputy Premier and Leader of the National Party, The Hon. John Barilaro MP has taken control of regional NSW with the announcement on April 2nd that the NSW Government has a new Department of Regional NSW with him as Minister.
The new department will allow him to cater for regional NSW in the wake of the drought, bushfires and the coronavirus health crisis.
Importantly this means that for the first time the Central Coast is recognised as a region in its own right with eight other regions that make up NSW.
Commenting on the change Mr Barilaro said, '"The Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW and plays an important role in our State's economy. I have visited the Central Coast many times, as recently as last month, where I visited to learn more about the issues facing communities in the region."
"We recognise the Central Coast has its own unique challenges and opportunities and requires tailored policy, funding, planning and investment decisions."
"As part of the new Department of Regional NSW, Industry and Trade the Central Coast is eligible for, and has already received, funding for projects and infrastructure from various funds."