Port Appoints Regional Advocate

Port of Newcastle appoints Ross Cadell to advocate for Hunter economic diversification.

Newcastle local and former NSW Nationals State Director Ross Cadell has joined Port of Newcastle as Special Projects Director.

Mr. Cadell starts on 3 February and will lead the political and regional stakeholder engagement efforts as the Port works “alongside all levels of government to advance infrastructure projects that will future-proof the local, state and national economies.” 

The port is fighting an alleged container levy payable to NSW Ports – via the government – should container ships visiting port and exceed a certain “cap.” The convoluted issue has dragged in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which alleges NSW Ports contravened the Consumer and Competition Act (CCA).

Transport analyst Greg Cameron claims instead that not only did the NSW parliament not authorise the government to use government funds to pay NSW Ports for losing business to the Port of Newcastle, but that the government concealed its plan for preventing competition between ports, and that the public was misled.

Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody welcomed Mr. 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,” Mr. Carmody said.

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.”

Mr. Cadell, a locally born-and-bred Novocastrian raising his children in the city, said he was focused on ensuring the region continued to have a strong industrial presence as the economy transitions.

For the longest time BHP underpinned our town,” Mr. Cadell said. 

We all remember too well what happened when we lost the steelworks, but this is a great opportunity for the Port to power our economy for generations to come and put that site to productive use again.”

With strong working relationships with key government stakeholders, including NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Mr. Cadell committed to leaving no stone unturned in the development of the MDT.

The Nationals in government have strongly supported the development of this project, with members voting at the last conference to formally endorse it, and I will work with them to get it done,” he said.