Castle Hill MP lands finance minister's job

A cabinet reshuffle in the state government has seen Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet land the role of Minister for Finance and Services.

Mr Perrottet replaces Andrew Constance in what is the first cabinet for newly-appointed Premier Mike Baird, who promised a ‘‘fresh-faced team ready to bring new energy to the task of transforming NSW’’.

“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.

Mr Perrottet's senior advisor, Tim Abrams said Mr Perrottet knew the post would be a senior one and regarded it as a great compliment and recognition of his abilities.

Mr Abrams said Mr Perrottet had been rewarded for his efforts last year in single-handedly drafting the state government’s policy on synthetic drugs.

All 13 recommendations proposed by Mr Perrottet were adopted and implemented by cabinet, as well as being supported by the opposition.

Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams will remain in the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads.

MPs taking on minister portfolios:

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

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

■ Bathurst MP Paul Toole becomes the Minister for Local Government; and

■ Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell  becomes the Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health.

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