New era for NSW
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) chief executive of State Transit Peter Rowley will leave the position, it has been announced.
Rowley has had more than 40 years with State Transit, starting work as a clerk in 1976.
He has held a number of senior roles over those years and played a key part in coordination of buses for the Sydney Olympics. Rowley has been chief executive since 2008, and leaves the organisation with solid record of performance for punctuality, safety and increasing customer satisfaction.
"Peter recently kicked off a major reform of State Transit designed to streamline back office functions, and refocus the organisation on delivering the best services for its customers," says TfNSW secretary Tim Reardon.
"With a new State Transit operating model now being established, the time is right for new leadership.
"We thank Peter for his dedication to the delivery of safe and reliable bus services for customers."
The role of chief executive will be filled in the interim by Lindsay Lee while a recruitment process for a new chief executive is undertaken.
In related news, New South Wales Minister for Transport Andrew Constance has survived the ministerial reshuffle and will stay on in the transport portfolio following Mike Baird’s resignation and Gladys Berejiklian becoming Premiere last month. BusNSW welcomed the news, saying Constance is doing an excellent job and that he thoroughly understands the needs of the bus industry.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced a fresh team that they say will ensure that every community gets its fair share.
"Our new team will work hard to make life easier for people right across NSW," Berejiklian says.
There are seven new faces in a Cabinet, including four Liberals and three Nationals.
Barilaro says the new Nationals ministers would bring a fresh approach and energy to an already experienced ministry.
"As partners in the NSW Coalition Government, it is the job of my cabinet ministers to ensure that the people of regional NSW get their fair share of services and infrastructure and we are determined to deliver for them," he says.
Berejiklian says the new team will make sure each community across the state receives the services and infrastructure it needs.
"We will deliver local infrastructure and services on the ground, to every corner of the state, maintain a strong economy and ensure we tackle major challenges such as housing affordability."
For the first time, there will be a dedicated Minister for Australia's largest infrastructure project, WestConnex.
Barilaro will take on the role of minister for regional NSW, along with the skills and small business portfolios.
The new leadership thanked outgoing ministers Adrian Piccoli, Jillian Skinner, Duncan Gay, John Ajaka and Leslie Williams for their service to New South Wales.