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Industry hails Bairds recognition of Gays work

Portfolio name change seen as a boost for profile of freight transport in State Government thinking


The transport portfolios in New South Wales are performing well enough to mean ministers Gladys Berejiklian and Duncan Gay will stay put.

Berejiklian, however, has the added responsibility of being Minister for the Hunter region, while Gay has had a tweak to his portfolio name, with “ports” being replaced with “freight”.

Industry bodies were quick to recognise the shift.

ATANSW Manager Jodie Broadbent says the change in Gay’s title reflected his successful work with the freight sector and the importance of freight to the NSW economy.

“Minister Gay has a demonstrated record of performance in dealing with freight issues,” Broadbent adds.

“Just recently, he took quick action to support the trucking industry when the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator was unable to issue road access permits to the state’s trucking operators in a timely way.”

“I’d like to thank Premier Baird and Deputy Premier Stoner for recognising the importance of freight in the new ministry.”

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says the transport moves give “appropriate recognition to the economic and social importance of the freight logistics industry” to NSW.

“ALC welcomes the addition of freight to Duncan Gay’s portfolio, which is fitting given the significant role the freight logistics industry plays in supporting a successful and vibrant economy,” ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff says.

In what might be thought an echo of a prime ministerial pledge, new Premier Mike Baird may wish to be seen as  the  ‘Infrastructure Premier’, taking on that responsibility along with  that of Western Sydney, where a lot of projects will be centred.

The ALC was positive on that score.

“ALC strongly supported Mr Baird’s policy approach when Treasurer to sell or lease appropriate assets to the private sector, such as Port Botany and Port Kembla, and then using the proceeds for productive logistics infrastructure,” Kilgariff says.  

“We encourage the NSW Government to continue this pragmatic and fiscally responsible policy approach to fund the logistics infrastructure New South Wales needs to take to meet its rising freight task.”

Baird relinquishes Treasury in favour of Finance Minister Andrew Constance, while Pru Goward is also promoted, to Planning Minister.

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