Freights’s future plan

Road warriors: NSW National's Steph Cooke, Melinda Pavey, John Barilaro and Bronnie Taylor at the forum. Picture: Craig Thomson.
Road warriors: NSW National's Steph Cooke, Melinda Pavey, John Barilaro and Bronnie Taylor at the forum. Picture: Craig Thomson.

National Party candidate for Cootamundra Steph Cooke came away from Monday’s Transport for NSW Freight and Infrastructure Forum wanting more infrastructure upgrades in the electorate.

The forum, which was held in Cootamundra, brought together transport industry stakeholders, local councils, politicians and businesses to discuss ideas on infrastructure upgrades in the region. 

The State Government is looking to work with the transport industry to come up with a freight strategy that will work well into the future.

Ms Cooke said if she becomes the Member for Cootamundra roads and freight will be a priority.

“I want to see more infrastructure upgrades in this electorate and roads and freight are a priority moving forward,” she said.

“I think it is just fantastic that members of the community have the chance to meet with industry leaders to talk about the issues that matter to them.

“This forum was an opportunity to discuss infrastructure priorities in our own backyard and it was an excellent turnout.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the forum has a clear focus on making sure the government is providing the right regional transport investments.

"We're continuing to fix the blackspots, seal our country roads and work with local councils through programs such as Fixing Country Roads to deliver safety initiatives in regional areas," she said.

"These forums help open the lines of communication with the communities that we have been elected to represent."

Graincorp general manager of operations Nigel Lotz said the State Government should have a better idea of the issues facing the industry after the forum.

“The forum was good for the Government to get an understanding of what the issues are out in the regions,” he said.

“A lot of good work has already been done, the NSW Government was the first to support us and our rail-freight strategy and we appreciate their ongoing commitment.”