Roozendaal goes in reshuffle


New NSW roads minister announced as Eric Roozendaal takes over treasury portfolio

Labor powerbroker Eric Roozendaal has been shifted to the treasury portfolio following a cabinet reshuffle.

Michael Daley has been named Minister for Roads as part of the changes made following Morris Iemma’s decision to quit politics.

The move has been welcomed by the NSW branch of the Australian Trucking Association, which struggled to be heard by Roozendaal who blacklisted the organisation due to political tensions between himself and ATA Chief Executive Stuart St Clair.

ATA NSW manager Jill Lewis says Daley is well equipped to drive key heavy vehicle reforms based on his experience in the road industry.

"Minister Daley is a former corporate lawyer at the NRMA so he has a strong understanding of the issues facing motorists and the trucking industry," Lewis says.

"The trucking industry has worked closely with Minister Daley in the past on trucks in and around Port Botany and upgrades to the Pacific Highway in the northern part of the state."

Lewis says the ATA NSW will be pushing a number of issues for the new roads minister to look at, including greater investment in rest areas.

She says the organisation’s members are also concerned about impending fatigue management laws, particularly the provision forcing all drivers to use work diaries regardless of how far they operate from their base.

Victoria and Queensland have set a 100km and 200km radius respectively.

Lewis says she is also keen to discuss traffic management and anti-congestion measures.

NSW Premier Nathan Rees has also named David Campbell Minister for Transport.

Joe Tripodi is still Minister for Ports and Waterways but will now take on the responsibilities of finance and infrastructure.

While saying the trucking industry and Tripodi do not always agree, Lewis is looking forward to working with the minister on port and infrastructure issues.

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