NSW Farmers welcome new Nationals leader

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Farmers are hoping the new NSW Nationals leader Paul Toole will secure a better deal for agriculture as the former teacher prepares to become the deputy premier.

NSW Nationals MPs voted 15-3 to elect the Bathurst MP and former mayor as their leader on Wednesday.

It was an emphatic victory over Water Minister Melinda Pavey, after John Barilaro's resignation on Monday.

Mr Toole's election completes a total refresh of NSW coalition leadership after the Liberal party room endorsed Dominic Perrottet as their new leader on Tuesday before he was sworn in as the state's 46th premier, replacing Gladys Berejiklian.

Mr Perrottet said Mr Toole had stood up for regional farming communities in times of drought, flood and fire and was a staunch advocate for investing in new opportunities for people in the bush.

He also welcomed the election of Bronnie Taylor to the position of deputy leader, saying she had worked tirelessly as mental health minister "ensuring vital support is there for people who need it in the aftermath of drought, bushfires and the pandemic".

"In Bronnie the NSW Nationals have elected the first female deputy leader of the party in more than 100 years," he said.

NSW Farmers President James Jackson said he would seek a meeting with the new leaders as soon as possible.

"We have made some good progress under the outgoing leadership team, and we have found Mr Perrottet and Mr Toole to be good listeners on issues that matter to farmers," Mr Jackson said.

"However, there are a number of issues that require urgent attention, and we will be seeking meetings with them as soon as possible."

A shortage of labourers to harvest the state's bumper crops is "top of mind".

"If it's not resolved it will cost everyone dearly," Mr Jackson said.

He also nominated land use and proposed property tax reforms as "two big issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later".

"We also need to look to any barriers that will hold back the agricultural sector as we pursue our growth target of $30 billion in farm gate output by 2030," he added.

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