Before entering the state parliament in 2011, Mr Toole – a former school teacher – served as councilor for the Bathurst region for 16 years and became mayor in 2007.
“I want to make sure we get back to work and it just keeps going because the people of this state have been having a rough time for a number of years now,” Mr Toole told reporters, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic but drought, forest fires and floods.
“What’s important here is that we actually get to work.”
Bronnie Taylor, a Member of Parliament and Minister of Mental Health, becomes the first female deputy leader of the Nationals in the party’s history.
Mr Toole is said to have received support due to his experience as a minister and time spent in the state’s crisis cabinet during the coronavirus pandemic.
He said he would focus on helping secure his state’s reopening as NSW prepares to break out of its COVID-19 lockdown on Oct. 11.
“What we want to focus on is opening up this state — whether you’re in the metropolitan or regional areas,” he said.
He said his discussions would include ensuring appropriate quarantine arrangements to enable: migrants to fill the labor shortages on the farms.
“We need to make sure we have those seasonal workers,” he said.
“It’s important that we provide opportunities to bring in workers to work on those farms.”
Mr Barilaro said Monday: he had been planning to leave politics for some time, and his decision was brought forward by the recent resignations of Mrs Berejiklian and the Minister of Transport, Andrew Constance.
Mr Toole paid tribute to the outgoing Monaro MP and praised his passion and brutality in his advocacy for voters.
“He is a fighter and a champion of the bush,” said Mr Toole.
He added that he would also fight for the interests of regional communities.
“I don’t shy away from a fight when there’s a fight,” he said.