New NSW Government Cabinet
1st February 2017
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced details of her new Cabinet on 29 January. There have been a number of changes to portfolios with which FMA has dealings.
Gabrielle Upton will take responsibility for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage portfolios, directly swapping with Mark Speakman who becomes Attorney General.
Troy Grant MP becomes Minister for Emergency Services and Minister for Police, with David Elliott taking on Counter Terrorism, in addition to his previous Corrections, and Veterans Affairs portfolios.
Anthony Roberts takes the Planning portfolio, and the Housing and Special Minister of State portfolios. Mr Roberts has previously shown an appetite for reform, during his time as Fair Trading Minister he initiated the strata reforms, which were enacted at the end of 2016. This could be important with the Greater Sydney Commission's Draft District Plans on public exhibition as well as proposed amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. Rob Stokes becomes Education Minister.
Victor Dominello takes over Finance, Services and Property, which includes NSW Public Works.
The Premier has noted that the three pillars her government will be built around are the economy, infrastructure and housing affordability.
President Ian Dinham said FMA looks forward to working with the new appointees, and will request meetings in the near future to acquaint them with the priority flood risk management issues facing NSW.