Glen Innes Severn Council mayor Steve Toms is the first cross-border commissioner.
Glen Innes Severn Council mayor Steve Toms is the first cross-border commissioner. David Stuart

NSW appoints to cross-border post

A NSW regional council mayor has become the new cross-border commissioner.

NSW deputy premier Andrew Stoner announced Glen Innes Severn Council mayor Steve Toms as the first cross-border commissioner this morning.

Cr Toms said despite not representing a border community he had significant experience that was vital for the position.

"I bring a strong background in state government processes," Cr Toms said.

"I have a true love for local government and as mayor of a rural community I understand the rural issues."

Cr Toms has been the Glen Innes mayor since September 2005.

His first task as the commissioner will to be tour the border regions, including the Tweed.

"I was in Casino from 1978 to 1985 working there with the state forest and I travelled to the Tweed a lot. I was very much a part of that community," he said.

Cr Toms said daylight saving was a uniquely Tweed issue with such a large population close by on a different time zone for part of the year.

Mr Stoner said this was the first time the state has an advocate solely focuses on unique cross-border issues.

"The position of NSW Cross Border Commissioner has been created in direct response to concerns raised by Members of Parliament representing NSW border regions, and this appointment demonstrates our commitment to tackling these issues.

"Steve Toms brings significant experience to this inaugural appointment, and I expect him to play a key role in strengthening cross border arrangements and improving services affected by the location of border communities.

"Mr Toms takes up the role on March 12 and will be meeting with border communities within his first month to hear firsthand how he can best advocate on their behalf.

"Every day those living in communities bordering other states face a range of location specific disadvantages including unnecessary red tape in transport, health and education."

Cr Toms will be based in Armidale.



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