What happened to Stephen Bromhead? NSW Nationals MP cancer battle Explained

Stephen Bromhead
Stephen Bromhead, Member of the New South Wales Parliament for Myall Lakes died.


Stephen Bromhead, a New South Wales MP, passed away on 16 March 2023. Let’s see what happened to NSW MP and his cause of death in detail.

What happened to Stephen Bromhead?

Stephen Bromhead, the New South Wales Nationals MP and a former member of Myall Lakes died at the age of 66.

After a struggle with mesothelioma, Mr. Bromhead passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Stephen Bromhead, a member of the New South Wales Nationals, was regarded as “a friend to everyone” by state officials, lawmakers, and his constituents as they mourned his passing. 

After serving in the state legislature for 12 years, he had earlier announced his retirement before the election. 

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Statement released by NSW on the passing of Vale Stephen Bromhead MP


How did Stephen Bromhead die?

The death news of Mr. Bromhead was announced by NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole on Friday. Toole paid tribute to the longtime Myall Lakes MP and described him as one of the community’s strongest advocates. 

“On behalf of the NSW Nationals, I send my deepest sympathies to Stephen’s wife Sue, and his family. Thank you for sharing him with us for so many years,” Mr. Toole said. 

NSW Nationals also confirmed this sad news by saying,

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Stephen Bromhead MP.”

“He once said one of the driving forces for his seeking preselection was the issue of parity. He didn’t want people in the regions to miss out on what people in the city were getting, and he fought tirelessly for the people of the Myall Lakes electorate every single day.

“Above all else, Stephen was a good friend to many in the NSW Nationals as we know he was to a great many people in the Myall Lakes.

On behalf of the NSW Nationals, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Stephen’s wife Sue and their family.

On October 12, 2022, Mr. Bromhead gave his farewell address in the NSW Legislative Assembly after announcing his retirement from State politics on August. 

Who was Stephen Bromhead?

Australian politician Mr. Bromhead, 66, had served the NSW Mid North Coast since 2011, succeeding John Turner, who had held the Myall Lakes seat since it was formed in 1988. 

Stephen Bruce Bromhead was a National Party representative for Myall Lakes in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 26 March 2011.  

Bromhead started out as a nurse and was a registered nurse with two diplomas. Later, he joined the New South Wales Police Force, where he worked for a total of 12 years, mostly in and around Taree and the nearby areas, first as a detective and then as a general duties officer.

Bromhead completed his law studies via correspondence while serving as a police detective and was later admitted as a solicitor. Later, he pursued and successfully finished his Masters of Law at the University of New South Wales with a corporate, commercial and taxation law.

Bromhead had extensive involvement in the community, including with local rugby union football teams, tourism associations, chambers of commerce, and horse racing clubs. He had also served as a councillor on the Greater Taree City Council. 

Political life:

Mr. Bromhead was elected in 2011, and re-elected in 2015 and 2019. He was first elected in March 2011 and got an 11.2% swing after preferences in the traditionally strong Nationals seat, winning 78.6% of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.

Bromhead was re-elected in the elections held in March 2015. He thus served 3 times as a Nationals’ Member for Myall Lakes. Since its establishment in 1988, The Nationals have held power in the State Electoral District of Myall Lakes.

Due to his mesothelioma diagnosis, Bromhead declared in October 2022 that he would resign and not run in the 2023 New South Wales state election. 

Cancer battle:

Stephen Bromhead announced his retirement last year due to his health condition. When Mr. Bromhead revealed his retirement as a result of a mesothelioma diagnosis, it was a difficult time for him. 

“I leave after 12 years not because I wanted to. I don’t want anyone to think that this was a case of someone who’s tired and doesn’t want to be a local member and is giving up,” Mr Bromhead told Parliament. “It is with regret that I do retire, but it’s been a great 12 years.”

After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis last August, the long-serving member of Myall Lakes revealed that he would leave politics. 

Mesothelioma is rare cancer that is frequently brought on by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. After a valiant battle with cancer, he sadly passed away yesterday.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet sent condolences to his family on behalf of the NSW Government and the people of NSW by saying,

Stephen’s passing comes just 10 days before what would have been the 12-year anniversary of his election as the Member for Myall Lakes.” 

Bromhead, according to Nationals leader Paul Toole, is a “shining example” of an MP who battled fervently for his neighborhood.

Condolences to Stephen Bromhead:

Valley Industries Ltd posted,

Valley Industries is saddened by the news of the passing of Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead.
Stephen was a great friend to Valley Industries and people with a disability in our region. He took a great interest in the welfare of our clients and supported Valley Industries by providing marvellous access to Government services and support in his role as MP.

We pass our condolences to Stephen’s family, friends and colleagues, they are in our thoughts today.

Liberal Party NSW tweeted,

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Stephen Bromhead MP who has passed away after battling illness. During his 12 years in the NSW Parliament, Stephen served his local community of Myall Lakes and the people of our State with distinction.

Chris Minns tweeted,

The passing of Stephen Bromhead, the Member for Myall Lakes is deeply saddening. I want to pass on the commiserations of myself and NSW Labor not just to Stephen’s family including his wife Sue, but to the community he worked so hard for and loved so much.

Sam Farraway MLC posted,

Yesterday I received heartbreaking news that my good mate and colleague Stephen Bromhead MP passed away.

Brommie was an old school Nationals MP and a mentor to me. He was never afraid to fight for what was right for his community and achieved so much as the Member for Myall Lakes. I send my deepest condolences to Steve’s wife Sue and his family.

Harley Bunyan posted,

It is with great sadness this morning that I received the news of the passing of Mr Stephen Bromhead. Mr Bromhead served the Myall Lakes electorate over the last 12 years as our State MP, He has done some amazing things for his community.


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