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Saunders appointed Minister for Agriculture for Western NSW

It is part of a major cabinet reshuffle announced by Premier Dominic Perrottet overnight

Nationals MP Dugald Saunders has been appointed as the Minister for Agriculture for Western New South Wales (Australia).

It is part of a major cabinet reshuffle announced by Premier Dominic Perrottet overnight.

Although the appointment was a surprise for Mr Saunders when he received a phone call from Deputy Premier Paul Toole last night, it was a position and challenge he welcomed with open arms.

It's a bit daunting, but at the same time it's exciting, Mr Saunders said.

Western New South Wales has been part of who I am for the past 12, 13 years, and agriculture is just in my blood as well, he said.

It is Mr Saunders' first time being appointed to cabinet since taking up the role of member for Dubbo in 2019.

But he said he would not be phased by any criticisms about a lack of experience and expected the opposition would likely support at least some of the decisions made in the reshuffle.

If you don't promote people with new ideas or fresh takes on things, then you remain stagnant, he said.

With parts of NSW out of drought and the devastating mouse plague beginning to quell, Mr Saunders is preparing for just about anything to happen in the new year.

The flooding occurring across Western NSW will likely form a large chunk of the first few months of his appointment with the agriculture portfolio.

People in the Western region are resilient, and so are farmers so there will be a year of challenges ahead — but we're ready for them, he said.

Mr Saunders had not yet spoken to outgoing Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall but said there was no bad blood.

He's an extremely capable bloke who I've always got on really well with. I wouldn't think this is the end for him, Mr Saunders said.