Mr Toole told Sky News Australia on Saturday morning every day he will work to give young people in the regions more opportunities in a bid to get them to stay rather than move away to metropolitan areas.
“Dom Perrottet will get an elbow in the ribs every now and then just to remind him that I’m there and I’ll be letting him know that the people of regional and rural NSW have very important issues that need to be addressed,” he said.
The Deputy Premier confirmed he and the NSW Premier were working on a plan to tour the state, with Mr Toole unveiling plans to have Mr Perrottet visit pubs, talk to locals and possibly even drive a harvester.
Deputy Premier Paul Toole has told Sky News Australia he and Premier Dominic Perrottet will tour regional NSW and meet with locals in the near future. Picture: by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
“Because our farmers are going to have probably one of the biggest bumper harvests again this year and I think that’s important as well,” he said.
“We’ve got a big job and Dominic Perrottet is going to represent people all across the state whether you’re in regional and rural areas and also metropolitan areas.”
Mr Toole commended his predecessor for the passion he took into the role, saying there was “no doubt John Barilaro was an absolute fighter”.  
“He leaves a very strong legacy behind, he’s someone who actually really stood up for regional and rural NSW and he said it how it was and I think that’s all what we want to hear from elected representatives.
“If we make mistakes, let’s be honest and upfront and say that.”
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Mr Toole flagged, however, he was going to tackle the job in his own way, saying “I’m going to do it quite differently, but the Libs know that, if you go and ask many of them, I’m a real pain in the arse”.
“So I’m not going to let things go and I’ll continue to hound them until I actually get a result for our communities and our people in regional and rural NSW.”
Asked about what it was like working with Mr Perrottet, Mr Toole said he was “very charismatic. He’s fun to work with but he’s also there for the whole state.”
He said both he and the Premier had been run off their feet since taking on the roles and were confident “it’s not going to slow down”.
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He celebrated NSW’s so-called “freedom day” on Monday, October 11, after the state reached its 70 per cent double dose vaccine target on Wednesday.
“That’s a huge sigh of relief. There are so many out there in our communities that want to see NSW open again and this is what Monday is going to bring to us,” Mr Toole said.
“It’s been a long, hard journey but there’s a lot of hope on Monday because I think we’re starting to turn a very important corner.
“We want to get businesses opening their doors, we want to get people back at work, we want to get kids back to school and this is about having the balance between keeping people safe but also opening up the state.”
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The father-of-three also reaffirmed travelling to the regions will remain off-limits for Greater Sydney residents until the state hits the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark.
“I know that people are busting to get out of Sydney, they’ve been locked up in their apartments, they’ve been in that concrete jungle, they want to get in the car, they want to pack it up and they want to get out to regional NSW and just see the things that we have on offer,” he acknowledged.  
“But this is about making sure, this is about protecting those in regional NSW. Some of our vaccination rates are a little bit behind.”  

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