Ayres picks up new portfolio

Stuart Ayres with partner Marise Payne on 2015 election night.
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State Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has retained his Fair Trading portfolio and picked up Sports and Recreation as Mike Baird stamps his authority as the state’s new Premier.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker and Attorney General Greg Smith are the biggest casualties of the cabinet reshuffle, announced by Mr Baird earlier today.

The new Ministers are:

• Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, who becomes Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage and Assistant Minister for Planning;

• Dubbo MP Troy Grant, who becomes Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing and Minister for the Arts;

• Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet, who becomes Minister for Finance and Services;

• Bathurst MP Paul Toole, who becomes Minister for Local Government;

• Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell, who becomes Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health.

Significant changes in the new Cabinet include the appointments of Andrew Constance as Treasurer, Pru Goward as Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard as Attorney General and Gabrielle Upton as Minister for Family and Community Services and Kevin Humphries as Minister for Land and Water.

Mr Ayres’ promotion to the Sport and Recreation portfolio will keep him particularly busy given he also retains his role assisting the Premier on Western Sydney.

“This team will build on the outstanding achievements of the past three years and accelerate the delivery of vital new infrastructure and improved services, which is what the community expects” Mr Baird said.

“We are well on track to repair NSW Labor’s $30 billion infrastructure backlog and boosted frontline services with 5,000 extra police, teachers and nurses.

“But more needs to be done, and this is the team to deliver it, with the right mixture of new energy and proven experience.”


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