John Barilaro was born in Queanbeyan and raised in a strong family who instilled in him the values of hard work and community service. As Leader of the NSW Nationals and Member for Monaro, John is passionate about the future of regional communities and isn’t afraid to put up a fight on their behalf.
John was the Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, and since the 2019 State Election holds the Trade and Industry and Regional NSW portfolios, which gives him a strong voice at the table for the people of country and coastal NSW.
The boundless energy and enthusiasm that once made him a successful small business owner is now directed towards the affairs of regional New South Wales, fighting to ensure business keeps developing and growing, and that the government continues to invest in the infrastructure and healthcare services our regions deserve.
After leaving school John worked on the factory floor of his family’s business. He became manager of the business and expanded it to employ 15 staff. Because of this background, he understands all too well the problems facing small businesses across the state, as well as the need to up-skill young people and provide individuals and communities with the support needed to reach their potential.
John still lives in Queanbeyan with his wife Deanna and their three daughters, and shares his time between the Monaro and regional NSW. As a parent he is naturally concerned about the future of the local community. In 2008, John stood for election to the Queanbeyan City Council because he believed ordinary mums and dads needed a greater say in the decisions that affected them and the local area. He has a great love of sport, co-founding the Monaro Panthers Football Club in 2000. He served as president of the club for eight years.