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Improving rail track access in NSW

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Improving rail track access in NSW

IPART is reviewing the regulatory framework for train operators to access NSW rail network. IPART has released its draft report and recommendations and is calling for submissions.

The existing rail access framework has been in place for 20 years. With the freight movements in metropolitan NSW set to double over the next 30 years, it is important that NSW has the right rail access framework for allowing third-party train operators to use the rail network.

IPART Chair Carmel Donnelly said the regulatory settings are critical to achieving this objective.

“IPART’s draft recommendations recognise that rail owners and train operators are generally best placed to negotiate the access arrangements that meet their commercial objectives.

“Train operators seeking to access the rail infrastructure need more information to make informed, timely and efficient decisions about emerging opportunities,” she said.

“They also need confidence that when they negotiate it will be on fair and reasonable terms.”

IPART has proposed that parties would need to negotiate according to defined time frames. If agreement is not reached within 3 months (or a date as agreed), a dispute resolution mechanism would be triggered.

“This would provide a greater incentive for parties to reach a timely agreement and more certainty around the processes when a dispute arises,” Ms Donnelly said.

Track owners would also be required to publish more information on services, costs, prices, network development and performance, and comply with transparent rules governing how they allocate and manage track capacity.

“One of the key problems under the existing framework is that it is difficult to hold track owners to account when they don’t comply with the rules,” Ms Donnelly said.

“Our draft recommendations would provide IPART with new enforcement powers. We are also recommending lower cost dispute resolution methods and clear time frames to help resolve disputes.”

NSW rail track owners are the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) and Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). The third parties that access their rail networks include coal, grain, general freight, passenger, and heritage rail businesses. IPART’s recommendations would not affect how it sets passenger fares.

The Draft Report is available on IPART’s website, with submissions open until 16 December 2022. IPART will hold a public hearing in November, before finalising its recommendations to Government in May 2023.

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Crowdy Head community heard on boat harbour design

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Crowdy Head community heard on boat harbour design

 

Boaters along the Mid North Coast will soon enjoy better access to Crowdy Head, as Transport for NSW moves forward with a major upgrade of the boat harbour.

Transport for NSW has listened to feedback from the Crowdy Head community, following a five-week consultation period, which included two community information sessions about the proposed improvements to the harbour.

The upgrade will now increase the dredging area to take into consideration the area near the boat ramp and has increased the structural capacity of the pontoon system.

Executive Director for NSW Maritime Mark Hutchings thanked locals for sharing their opinion on the significant upgrade work.

“The community feedback showed there is strong demand for a fishing platform to replace the second jetty and we are now exploring additional funding options to make this a reality.”

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Boaters along the Mid North Coast will soon enjoy better access to Crowdy Head, as Transport for NSW moves forward with a major upgrade of the boat harbour.

“We’ve also taken on board concerns about the floating platform in surge conditions by undertaking a detailed engineering study and updating some structural details.”

The project will see the demolition of both jetties, replaced with heavy duty floating pontoons with 18 berths of various sizes, one temporary berth, and water and electricity to each berth.

“A safe and accessible boat harbour is an important asset to the mid-north coast community and I look forward to starting work on this valuable upgrade.”

Pending final approvals, construction is expected to commence mid to late 2024. Transport for NSW will update the community ahead of work commencing.

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Engaging Diverse Voices in Regional NSW: Opportunities with Multicultural NSW

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Multicultural NSW is seeking advisory positions for residents across NSW

Engaging Diverse Voices in Regional NSW: Opportunities with Multicultural NSW

 

Multicultural NSW is inviting residents from Northern NSW and New England North West regions who are deeply connected to their communities to provide valuable advice to the NSW Government through various advisory functions.

Expressions of interest are sought for three distinct advisory functions, with a strong emphasis on reflecting the rich diversity of NSW in terms of gender, age, geographic location, cultural background, and inclusion of people living with disabilities. Successful candidates will be appointed by the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Steve Kamper MP.

Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, is encouraging interested local residents to submit their expressions of interest by the closing date of Sunday, February 18, 2024.

Advisory Board – Multicultural NSW

Multicultural NSW is currently seeking expressions of interest for Advisory Board members who come from diverse backgrounds, possess deep community ties, and exhibit cross-cultural understanding and community leadership. Advisory Board members will leverage their skills, expertise, and lived experiences to amplify the voices of their communities, informing the initiatives of Multicultural NSW. The current Advisory Board Chairperson is former NSW Police Deputy Commissioner, Nick Kaldas APM.

Multicultural NSW is seeking advisory positions for residents across NSW

Multicultural NSW is seeking advisory positions for residents across NSW

Regional Community Networks (RCNs) and Multicultural Youth Network (MYN)

Additionally, Multicultural NSW is seeking expressions of interest for two state-wide community engagement programs: the Regional Community Networks (RCNs) and the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN). The RCNs will consist of 10 networks across NSW, each with up to 20 members. RCN members will provide invaluable insights into local issues affecting their lives and communities. Furthermore, each RCN will include at least one representative from the local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Three RCNs will be situated in the Greater Sydney area, namely North and East Sydney, Western Sydney, and South Sydney. The remaining seven RCNs will be based in various regional areas of NSW, including Northern NSW, New England North West, Western NSW, Illawarra and South East NSW, Hunter and Central Coast, Murray Lower Darling, and Riverina.

Each RCN will also feature up to three young people aged 18-24 years, who will additionally form the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN). MYN members will convene regularly to provide insights and advice on issues pertinent to young people across the state.

For further information and to submit expressions of interest, please visit the Advisory Positions page on the Multicultural NSW website.

 

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MINNS LABOR GOVERNMENT PUTS REGIONAL MANUFACTURER ON THE LINE

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MINNS LABOR GOVERNMENT PUTS REGIONAL MANUFACTURER ON THE LINE

 

By Sam Farraway

A local bus manufacturer on the Mid North Coast may be forced to close taking with it 44 regional jobs after Transport for NSW (TfNSW) failed to finalise the approved manufacturers list under the new guidelines.

The TfNSW Bus Procurement Panel 4 was expected to be released by TfNSW last year with tenders closing in early April 2023. With the list still yet to be released in 2024, local bus manufacturers are left without any orders in the pipeline.

NSW Shadow Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Sam Farraway is demanding answers from Transport Minister Jo Haylen and Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Jenny Aitchison on the delay.

Express Coach Builders have been manufacturing our state’s school buses for 28 years. Now they face closing their doors for good because of government inaction despite an estimated 97 school buses in need of replacement across regional NSW,” said Mr Farraway.

“The Minns Labor Government promised to ‘build things here’ and said ‘NSW deserves a government that backs Australian made and that will buy Australian made’ – yet only 10 months in and this government is breaking that promise, proving they are all talk and no action.”

Member for Oxley Michael Kemp said it was a slap in the face from a government who promised to revive local manufacturing in NSW.

Express Coach Builders TfNSW

Express Coach Builders

“Express is the second largest private employer in Macksville, which already has higher than average unemployment. If they shut down and take away our jobs, it will absolutely kill our region,” Mr Kemp said.

“I met Minister Haylen last year and she assured me personally that Express and other manufacturers would have the Panel Four list before Christmas, with regional builds on that list. Now, we’re facing major job losses, with outdated school buses still on the road amidst post-flood damage and cuts to road funding.

I extend an invitation to both ministers and the Premier to come up and meet with Express and give the business, their staff and their families confirmation that new orders are in the pipeline.”

Director of Express Coach Builders Mr Mark Forster said he was disappointed the business may have to close after 28 years of service to the community and providing opportunities to more than 100 apprentices and trainees.

“It’s terribly sad to put your heart and soul into something you love for it to be potentially taken away because the government and their agencies can’t sort out a procurement process,” Mr Forster said.

“Both ministers have the power to intervene and get the Panel four list out or at least offer relief to manufacturers to stay afloat.

“I had to lay off staff just before Christmas – no employer wants to do that. I don’t want to start the new year with more, so I’m pleading with the government to step up and fix it.”

 

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