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Gay the constant as Constance replaces Berejiklian

NatRoad looks to NSW election promises as Sidoti and Gee take parliamentary secretary roles


New South Wales has more continuity in the roads and freight portfolio, with Duncan Gay retaining the ministry, but he will have a new colleague looking after public transport and infrastructure.

Returned premier Mike Baird has swapped portfolios of former transport minister Gladys Berejiklian with former treasurer Andrew Constance.

Inner-western Sydney Liberal MP John Sidoti, who has a focus on city infrastructure and public transport issues, is the parliamentary secretary for transport and roads, while Nationals member for Orange Andrew Gee is parliamentary secretary for the deputy premier and regional roads.

Former parliamentary secretary for transport and roads Ray Williams is now parliamentary secretary to the premier for Western Sydney.

Industry group NatRoad gave the thumbs up to the Government’s election commitments on road and freight infrastructure.

It makes particular mention of:

  • $2 billion for a Regional Road Freight Corridor Program
  • $500 million for the Newell Highway
  • $300m to ease congestion in southern Sydney and the Illawarra to Port Botany, and Sydney Airport and the CBD, over 10 years to create a ‘Gateway to the South’
  • $273 million funding from Rebuilding NSW over the next 10 years to build growth roads and address pinch points
  • $300m over the next 10 years for fixing Sydney’s worst traffic problems on major corridors
  • $100m, over the next four years for fast tracking and expanding the State’s pinch point program.

“NatRoad also strongly endorses the government’s plans to grow employment by 150,000 jobs over the next four years and, thereby, provide a strong boost to the NSW economy,” it says.

“We also thank Katrina Hodgkinson and Matthew Mason-Cox for their service to rural and regional NSW as Ministers in the previous government.

“NatRoad is committed to working with the government to explore ways to further boost productivity in the NSW road transport and freight sector, including ways to reduce red-tape and the regulatory burden that stifles business innovation and viability.

“This includes the release of the final report for the NSW Government’s 2014 Review of Red Tape – NSW Road Freight Sector.”

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