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NSW begins freight reform journey with panel appointments

A panel of experts and the NSW transport department is set to commence its journey in reforming the state’s freight industry

Transport for NSW is set to lead a new policy reform program to address key issues facing the freight industry in New South Wales. 

The program will deliver prioritised and practical policy reform focused on the key current and emerging challenges that are threatening the freight industry in NSW. 

“Safe, sustainable and productive freight transport is critical to support the people, businesses and industries of New South Wales,” NSW transport minister Jo Haylen says.  

“A more productive freight sector can deliver reduced costs for businesses and lower retail prices for ordinary people right across the state.” 

The program will be under the leadership of an independent advisory panel of experts comprising of Kerry Schott, Lucio Di Bartolomeo and Hermione Parsons.

The panel will report to Haylen, who will also assist in the development of NSW’s new freight strategy. 

“The appointment of the panel will work with the transport department and provide independent and expert advice on the program,” Haylen says. 

“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.” 

The policy reform will focus on different parts of the supply chain. Ports, rail, road and intermodal facilities will all be considered as part of a coordinated supply chain to determine the right policy framework to optimise safety, sustainability and productivity in NSW. 

Transport for NSW says that immediate priorities for the panel will include consideration of the compensation to be paid by the Port of Newcastle for increasing container operations as part of NSW’s port policy. 

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

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

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