Following the change in leadership in NSW over the past week, Adam Marshall has welcomed the new leaders.
But the Northern Tablelands MP has said the departure of Gladys Berejiklian leaves a huge void in NSW politics.
While Mr Marshall said Dominic Perrottet was the obvious choice to become premier, he said he will have a big challenge replacing the former premier.
"I don't think people have come to grips yet with the enormity of the departure of Gladys, and the enormous gulf that she leaves, and the vacuum in NSW politics," he said.
"She was a person who, regardless of political stripe, was incredibly highly thought of and respected by millions of people across the state, even people who were Labor voters or Greens voters and voted against the Liberal Party.
"I think Dom's got big shoes to fill but I think he'll be someone who, like he said, will try to lead for all people of all views in a continuation of the good work that has been done already."
Ms Berejiklian resigned last week, after the Independent Commission Against Corruption announced it was investigating whether she had engaged in conduct that "involved a breach of public trust" during her secret relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire.
Mr Marshall has thrown his support behind new Nationals leader Paul Toole, and said he will be fighting for local projects to be prioritised.
Mr Toole was announced as the Nationals leader and deputy premier on Wednesday morning, defeating Oxley MP Melinda Pavey in a party room vote. Bronnie Taylor was unopposed for the deputy leader role.
He replaced John Barilaro who resigned as Nationals leader in the days after Ms Berejiklian's resignation.
On Wednesday, Mr Marshall was in Sydney, walking down to Government House to be sworn into the new ministry, when he spoke to the Express.
The existing cabinet was sworn in to their existing portfolios, with Mr Marshall remaining Minister for Agriculture.
"The Premier is keeping it that way until sometime around Christmas, when the pandemic is firmly in the rearview mirror, then he and the deputy premier will undertake a major reshuffle of the cabinet, which presumably will be the team they take to the next state election in March 2023," Mr Marshall said.
He said Mr Toole will be a different type of leader to the outgoing John Barilaro, but will still be a champion for the bush.
"Tooley and I are good mates, we have been for a while. I think he's done a great job as deputy," Mr Marshall said.
"He's from Bathurst and understands a lot of the same issues that we have up our way and I think he'll do an excellent job.
"He'll be his own man, and will be a leader that will do things differently to John, he's a different person, but I don't think we'll see any change in terms of work ethic, or the vigorous thumping of the table for rural and regional NSW," he said.
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