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Port of Newcastle appoints Ross Cadell to advocate Hunter economic diversification

  • Posted on Thursday 16th, January 2020.

Newcastle local and former NSW Nationals State Director, Ross Cadell, has joined Port of Newcastle at a critical time for the diversification of the Hunter economy and its international trade gateway. 

Cadell begins as Special Projects Director on 3 February, leading the political and regional stakeholder engagement efforts as the Port works alongside all levels of government to advance key infrastructure projects that will future-proof the local, state and national economies. 

Port of Newcastle CEO, Craig Carmody, welcomed Cadell’s unique blend of experience in business and politics, coupled with local knowledge, as the Port prepares to push ahead with projects such as the $1.8 billion privately-funded Multi-purpose Deepwater Terminal (MDT) with government support.

“Ross recently finished as the Nationals Campaign Director for both the 2019 NSW and Federal elections, having previously acted as regional co-ordinator for the Nationals,” said Carmody.

“Ross brings a wealth of experience with him and is ideally placed to argue the case for the MDT and forge closer relationships with the many regional NSW stakeholders that will benefit from the competition this facility will bring to NSW.

“I am confident that Ross will work productively with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to deliver this critical infrastructure and unlock the many benefits for the state," he said.

Cadell is focused on ensuring the region continues to have a strong industrial presence as the economy transitions.

The Newcastle MDT – an automated container terminal development at Port of Newcastle's Mayfield site – once completed will reportedly deliver excellent heavy vehicle access, a reduction in double handling, empty container storage and repair and land available for development of infrastructure, including cold storage, warehousing, packing and distribution facilities.

(Image: Newcastle Multi-Purpose Deepwater Terminal concept design.)

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