It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of the Honourable Ian Armstrong AM OBE, our former leader of the NSW Nationals and Deputy Premier of NSW.
I had known Ian for many years now, and he was an inspiration to all of us who likewise aspired to be rural advocates in public life, always ensuring that the NSW Government worked in the best interest of rural and regional communities, a good example being the relocating of the Department of Agriculture to Orange in 1992, which remains the single largest decentralisation process undertaken by a Government department.
Ian was a tireless worker for the people of NSW, and for regional and rural NSW in particular, and he will be long remembered for his contribution, as Member for Lachlan and as a Minister of the Crown and Deputy Premier.
I was delighted to learn that the NSW Government has offered a state service to Ian’s family, as is only fitting.
I know I speak for many in the Upper Hunter Electorate, whether supporters of the National Party or not, when I offer our sincere condolences to his family at this time.