Paul Toole's commitment to community affairs commenced with his representation in local government in 1995 - and from there - proceeded to the roles of Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council.
Under his leadership Bathurst became the fastest growing inland regional city in NSW.
Becoming the Member for Bathurst at the 2011 State Election, Paul has established a solid focus and framework that has supported the economic development of our regional areas - including record investment into roads, education and infrastructure.
As Deputy Premier, Paul brings vast experience to the high ranking role as a leader of the state of NSW.
Apart from being the Member for Bathurst, Paul is also the current Minister for Police and NSW Minister for Regional NSW.
Electoral District of Bathurst
This electorate of Bathurst is one of the state's most diverse districts.
It takes in Lithgow and its surrounding hamlets, dominated by coal mining and electricity generation, as well as the major regional city of Bathurst and its varied industries and government departments attracted in the 1970s when the city was part of the Whitlam government's decentralisation plans.
The electorate also takes in surrounding rural areas, including Oberon and Blayney to the south and Rylstone and Kandos to the north.