Marshall promoted to Tourism and Major Events Minister in NSW cabinet reshuffle
STATE member for New England Adam Marshall has been appointed Tourism and Major Events Minister and Assistant Minister for Skills after a cabinet reshuffle in the new Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW State Government.
Tourism is a 37.1 billion-dollars-a-year industry, employing around 297,000 people in NSW and Sydney is recognised the world over as a mecca for international visitors, along with beautiful coastal areas and inland treasure spots.
“I feel both honoured and privileged to be appointed to the Berejiklian-Barilaro cabinet – try saying that quickly,” Mr Marshall smiled.
“I am really looking forward to helping open up rural and regional NSW to more international and domestic tourists and building the capacity for our regions to attract and host more major events and grow the events we hold now,” he said
Mr Marshall said that regional and country NSW has some spectacular attractions – natural and man-made – that can be promoted and enhanced with better facilities, infrastructure and links.
“Seeing more people visiting our regions and enjoying what they have to offer will be important for me,” Mr Marshall said.
“I cannot wait to get started with this work! Tourism offers incredibly great prospects and benefits for our regional areas, providing jobs and investment for some areas that have seen jobs disappear in agriculture and rural industry – and as a regional minister I’ve a great opportunity to make sure that drive and commitment to direct more energy into seeing areas outside Sydney gain more from tourism too.
“In the skills role, I want to work closely with the Deputy Premier to ensure the government and TAFE works with industry to overcome the biggest challenge of not having enough skilled people to fill the jobs being created. This is a critical portfolio for the continued economic growth of the state and country NSW.
“Lastly, it would not be possible for me to be given this opportunity without the support of the people of the Northern Tablelands, as their representative in the NSW Parliament, and I want to reiterate my commitment to serving them and advocating for their needs first and foremost.
“It’s been quite a journey for this lad from the land at Curlewis, near Gunnedah, and I’m looking forward to the challenges and the opportunities ahead,” Mr Marshall said.
Media Release: January 29, 2017