Ministry a reward for Castle Hill MP's work on drugs policy

Familiar face: Dominic Perrottet at last Tuesday's cabinet announcement at Governor Macquarie Tower, Sydney.

Familiar face: Dominic Perrottet at last Tuesday's cabinet announcement at Governor Macquarie Tower, Sydney.

A state cabinet reshuffle has seen Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet elevated from the backbench to a senior role as Minister for Finance and Services.

Mr Perrottet replaces Andrew Constance in 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".

Mr Perrottet's senior adviser Tim 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.

Backbenchers and Hills MPs Matt Kean (Hornsby) and David Elliott (Baulkham Hills) also have new parliamentary secretary roles.

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

Mr Baird is the Minister for Western Sydney and Stuart Ayres is the Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney, as well as the Minister for Fair Trading, Sport and Recreation.

Attorney-General Greg Smith, also the Epping MP, was axed from the ministry.

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