NEWLY appointed NSW deputy Labor leader Yasmin Catley said boosting local manufacturing jobs would be among her priorities.
The Swansea MP was last week elected by NSW Labor MPs to be Leader Jodi McKay's deputy, marking the first time since the 1960s that a regional representative has served in the NSW Labor leadership team.
"The Hunter and Central Coast has always had a significant manufacturing sector, but we've been seeing the government export these jobs overseas," she said.
"We need to bring them back. We should be proud of them. We need to give people confidence that if they're in those trades there will be jobs."
Ms Catley said she and Ms McKay knew voters wanted to be heard and respected.
Ms Catley was also appointed shadow minister for Rural and Regional Jobs, and shadow minister for Building Reform and Property.
The Swansea electorate stretches from Jewells and Valentine south along the eastern shore of Lake Macquarie through Belmont, and down to Central Coast towns including Gwandalan, Lake Munmorah, Mannering Park, Budgewoi, Buff Point and San Remo.
Wyong MP David Harris was appointed shadow minister for Regional Transport, shadow minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, and shadow minister for the Central Coast.