Sydney – National law firm Maddocks has co-hosted a NSW Ministerial Update as part of the 2014 National Transport Infrastructure Series for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia(CEDA).
The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Transport (below right) spoke to 250 industry delegates, delivering an update on transport in NSW as well as addressing key initiatives of the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy.
Maddocks Construction & Projects Partner Mathew Stulic (below left) offers, "CEDA acknowledges that transport infrastructure is of great significance and importance to Australia's future and impacts on the nation's competitiveness and productivity. The Minister for Transport certainly stimulated our thinking today as to the reality of how we need to be thinking about transport infrastructure in a global city such as Sydney. The Minister explored how different transport modes need to work together to reduce congestion, provide for future growth, why cultural change is needed in the sector and how the customer experience is central to the government's 20 year transport plan.
"Maddocks is excited to form part of the team for this event. We see this as a forum for debate and deep reflection on the provision of transport infrastructure in NSW."
Mathew continues, "It is great to see the NSW transport project pipeline flowing again and the Minister gave CEDA attendees a wonderful overview of the current state of play and an insight into why certainty of planning over the long term is critical to industry confidence. If the State's ambitious infrastructure agenda is to be successfully delivered within its finite means, we need an infrastructure environment where innovative ideas that challenge the status quo can be raised and debated from all perspectives. Funding and delivery models, traditional scoping and technical approaches and procurement processes are currently being tested, refined and refreshed and that type of environment (where traditional delivery approaches are questioned and challenged) is vital."
The series, consisting of four events, will feature presentations from policy makers, regulatory authorities and market participants. In addition to the NSW Transport ministerial update, future events will cover freight and passenger response, network efficiencies – a look at productivity drivers, and Infrastructure Australia's priority list.
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