When Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie, was recently appointed as Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education in New South Wales, one local household was jumping for joy.
Leslie is the daughter of Alison and John Uren of Kingscote and coincidentally, niece of Vickie Chapman, deputy state Liberal leader and Shadow Attorney General.
Ms Chapman’s well known father Ted Chapman was Alison Uren’s brother. So politics seems to run in the family - and so does winning.
Leslie Williams grew up on Kangaroo Island with her siblings Phillip, Julie and Cheryl, and attended school here, before attending university and becoming a teacher.
With her husband Don, she moved to the Port Macquarie area 15 years ago, where the couple owned and operated a post office at Lake Cathie.
That’s where Mrs Williams’ interest in community advocacy took over and the Lake Cathie Public School is now open, thanks to her tenacity and vision.
While Mrs Williams has raised two children, Meredie and Ben, she has successfully represented the National Party in her area, and the win in the NSW state election is her second term of office.
Mrs Williams said she was thrilled to continue representing the Port Macquarie electorate, while serving in Ministries that were so important to regional NSW.
“I strongly believe education begins at a young age and I will work tirelessly to ensure the children of our state receive the best learning in safe environments,” Mrs Williams said.
“I will be working closely with the Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to achieve outcomes in these portfolios.”
Mrs Williams thanked the Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier for their faith in her to deliver in this new role.