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Minister for the Environment (New South Wales)

Minister for the Environment
Incumbent
Penny Sharpe
since 28 March 2023 (2023-03-28)
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder
Formation
  • 1971 (Environmental Control)
  • 1944 (Conservation)

The New South Wales Minister for the Environment is minister in the Government of New South Wales with responsibilities which included environmental regulation and policy, national parks, and the conservation and protection of built and environmental heritage in New South Wales, Australia.[1] The current minister, since 28 March 2023, is Penny Sharpe.

Between the 2019 state election and December 2021, the ministerial post was merged with the Energy and Utilities portfolio to create the Minister for Energy and Environment.[2][3] Between December 2021 and March 2023, the environment ministerial post was combined with heritage to create the title of Minister for the Environment and Heritage.

The minister administers the portfolio through the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water and a range of other government agencies.

Ultimately, the minister is responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

List of ministers

Environment

Ministerial title Minister [1] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Environmental Control Jack Beale   Liberal Askin (4) (5) 11 March 1971 3 December 1973 2 years, 267 days
Minister for Planning and Environment Sir John Fuller   Country Askin (6) 3 December 1973 14 May 1976 2 years, 163 days
Minister for Environment Bill Crabtree   Labor Wran (1) 14 May 1976 9 August 1976 87 days
Minister for Planning and Environment Paul Landa Wran (1) (2) 9 August 1976 29 February 1980 3 years, 204 days
Eric Bedford Wran (3) (4) (5) 29 February 1980 10 February 1984 3 years, 347 days
Terry Sheahan Wran (6) 10 February 1984 12 December 1984 306 days
Bob Carr Wran (7) (8)
Unsworth
12 December 1984 21 March 1988 3 years, 100 days
Minister for the Environment Tim Moore   Liberal Greiner (1) (2) 25 March 1988 24 June 1992 4 years, 91 days
Bruce Baird Fahey (1) 24 June 1992 3 July 1992 9 days
Chris Hartcher Fahey (2) (3) 3 July 1992 4 April 1995 2 years, 275 days
Pam Allan   Labor Carr (1) (2) 4 April 1995 8 April 1999 4 years, 4 days
Bob Debus Carr (3) (4)
Iemma (1)
8 April 1999 2 April 2007 7 years, 359 days
Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water Phil Koperberg Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 27 February 2008 331 days
Minister for Climate Change and the Environment Verity Firth Iemma (2) 27 February 2008 5 September 2008 191 days
Carmel Tebbutt Rees 8 September 2008 14 September 2009 1 year, 6 days
John Robertson 14 September 2009 4 December 2009 81 days
Frank Sartor Keneally 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 110 days
Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker   Liberal O'Farrell 3 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 20 days
Rob Stokes Baird (1) 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
Mark Speakman Baird (2) 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days
Gabrielle Upton Berejiklian (1) 30 January 2017 23 March 2019 2 years, 52 days
Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
2 April 2019 21 December 2021 2 years, 263 days [2]
Minister for Environment and Heritage James Griffin Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 28 March 2023 1 year, 97 days [4]
Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe   Labor Minns 28 March 2023 incumbent 1 year, 79 days

Climate Change

Minister for Climate Change
Incumbent
Penny Sharpe
since 28 March 2023 (2023-03-28)
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holderPhil Koperberg
(as Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water)
Formation2007
Ministerial title Minister [1] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water Phil Koperberg   Labor Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 27 February 2008 331 days
Minister for Climate Change and the Environment Verity Firth Iemma (2) 27 February 2008 5 September 2008 191 days
Carmel Tebbutt Rees 8 September 2008 14 September 2009 1 year, 6 days
John Robertson 14 September 2009 4 December 2009 81 days
Frank Sartor Keneally 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 110 days
Minister for Climate Change Penny Sharpe   Labor Minns 28 March 2023 incumbent 1 year, 79 days

Former ministerial titles

Conservation

Ministerial title Minister [1] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Conservation Bill Dunn   Labor McKell (1) 8 June 1944 9 May 1946 1 year, 335 days
George Weir McKell (1) (2)
McGirr (1) (2) (3)
9 May 1946 3 November 1952 6 years, 178 days
George Enticknap McGirr (3)
Cahill (1) (2)
3 November 1952 15 March 1956 3 years, 133 days
Ernest Wetherell Cahill (3) (4)
Heffron (1)
15 March 1956 31 May 1960 4 years, 77 days
George Enticknap Heffron (1) (2)
Renshaw
31 May 1960 13 May 1965 4 years, 347 days
Jack Beale   Liberal Askin (1) (2) (3) 13 May 1965 11 March 1971 5 years, 302 days
Wal Fife Askin (4) 11 March 1971 19 June 1972 1 year, 100 days
George Freudenstein   Country Askin (4) (5) (6) 19 June 1972 3 January 1975 2 years, 198 days
Minister for Conservation Lin Gordon   Labor Wran (1) (2) 14 May 1976 29 February 1980 3 years, 291 days
Minister for Conservation and Land Management Garry West   National Greiner (1) (2)
Fahey (1) (2)
6 June 1991 26 May 1993 1 year, 354 days
Minister for Land and Water Conservation George Souris Fahey (3) 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Kim Yeadon   Labor Carr (1) 4 April 1995 1 December 1997 2 years, 241 days
Richard Amery 1 December 1997 21 November 2001 3 years, 355 days
John Aquilina Carr (2) (3) 21 November 2001 2 April 2003 1 year, 132 days

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019 [NSW] (159)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 7-8. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
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