Meet John Barilaro, your MP for Monaro
John Barilaro was born in Queanbeyan, NSW to Italian migrant parents who arrived in Australia in 1968. Their hard-working and selfless approach was an example which instilled in him strong values of family and community service.
John still lives in Queanbeyan with his wife Deanna and their three daughters and shares his time between the Monaro, regional NSW and Sydney.
He is the proud Member for the Monaro and in 2016 was elected Leader of the NSW Nationals and Deputy Premier of NSW. He is currently the Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade. John brings a ‘hands on’ understanding and passion to all his portfolios.
Prior to entering politics, John ran his family business in Queanbeyan for 20 years, manufacturing energy-efficient windows and doors.
In 2008, he entered politics, standing for election to the Queanbeyan City Council because he believed the mums and dads of his community needed a greater say on the decisions that affected them and their local area. Three years later John stood as a candidate at the State election because he saw The Nationals as the only party that could truly deliver a fair share for rural and regional areas.
Having spent most of his working life running his own business, John has also been through most of the challenges, joys, risks and rewards that come with starting and operating a business.
John strongly believes in supporting a thriving business economy, building a skilled workforce for the future and investing in communities across regional NSW.
John is delivering the $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund and the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, to turbo-charge and transform regional economies across the state, giving communities choice in selecting the local infrastructure projects they want and need. This is one of the largest investments in regional NSW in the state’s history, and John believes in fighting every day to make sure that regional communities get their fair share.
Additionally, John is passionate about youth in our regions and works tirelessly to ensure they have the opportunities to live, work and raise a family, close to home.