NSW appoints expert panel to tackle freight reform

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Transport for NSW is developing a new freight strategy for the state under the leadership of three “industry experts”.

Transport Minister Jo Haylen says the program will address the key issues facing the freight industry in NSW.

“Our freight network is still too disjointed and inefficient with policy and infrastructure bottlenecks right across the supply chain,” Haylen said.

“I am pleased to be able to announce the beginning of this significant reform agenda to inform government policy and provide an evidence-based action plan that will optimise the freight transport network in NSW.”

Haylen said the independent advisory panel will work with her department and provide independent and expert advice on the program.

“I have confidence that with their diverse expertise in their fields, the panel is well placed to lead us through this significant reform in freight transport policy.”

[L-R) Dr Kerry Schott, Lucio Di Bartolomeo and Dr Hermione Parsons hold the fate of NSW freight in their hands.

The panel consists of Dr Kerry Schott, a former CEO of Sydney Water and current chair of the NSW Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, and Advisory Board to EnergyCo NSW, Lucio Di Bartolomeo, currently the chair of Australia Post and Health Infrastructure NSW as well as deputy chair of Moorebank Intermodal Company and Dr Hermione Parsons, CEO of the Australian Logistics Council.

Immediate priorities for the panel will include consideration of the determination of compensation to be paid by the Port of Newcastle for increasing container operations as part of NSW port policy.

The panel will also review and consult with industry on the recommendations made by Ed Willett’s review of the port regulatory framework and the regulation of the movement of containers at Port Botany.

Haylen says the program will identify short, medium and long-term actions for government to support the ongoing improvement of freight transport across NSW.

A statement announcing news of the freight reform in NSW also said there will be comprehensive stakeholder consultation. It is intended that the first phase will follow release of a discussion paper and is expected to occur in in the first quarter of this year.

For more information on the reform click here.

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