FREIGHT and port development was on the menu at Shipping Australia’s annual New South Wales State Committee Parliamentary Luncheon.
Speaking in place of roads, maritime and freight minister Melinda Pavey (who had urgent business in her electorate today), Parliamentary secretary for the deputy premier and for southern NSW Bronwyn Taylor spoke about how the freight industry is at the heart of the state’s economy.
“It’s extremely pleasing to see such a focus on freight at the moment, and especially in New South Wales,” she said.
“I know that you would be all so thrilled with the announcement of the duplication of the Port Botany Rail Line; this is a real demonstration that we want to work with you and we know how important it is.”
Ms Taylor said it was also encouraging that the commitment by government to freight was being met with an equal commitment from the private sector.
“Each week we’re seeing another proposal, seeing the opening of another warehouse facility or hearing details of other investments from various companies,” she said.
“It’s encouraging because it shows that the economy is booming. It also highlights the industry will be up to the ever-growing freight task, and what an enormous task it is.”
Also, with her electorate in Southern New South Wales, Ms Taylor said the development of the Port of Eden as a cruise port was a real boon to the region.
“I cannot tell you the difference [cruise] made for Eden,” she said.
“It’s a magnificent part of the world and it’s been struggling. It has a lot of issues, a lot of social issues a lot of entrenched unemployment and social disadvantage.”
She said the investment in a wharf extension at the port to accommodate larger cruise vessels has lifted the morale of the entire community.
“Everybody’s talking about it, everybody wants to be involved with it. The thing is when industry works with us like that, there are allow those other businesses that thrive.”