June 22, 2024 3:09 PM

Dave Appointed Shadow Minister for Regional Transport and Roads


By Di Sneddon Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell has been appointed as the new Shadow Minister for Regional Transport and Roads after Sam Farraway relinquished the role last week. Speaking with The Hunter River Times on Monday, Dave said the appointment came as a complete shock but he is excited to be stepping up into his new role while promising to keep the constituents in his electorate his main priority. “Sam did a fantastic job in the last couple of years as minister and shadow minister but I completely understand his decision to focus on his electorate in the Central West after spending so much time travelling around the State,” Dave said. “It think it is a great honour to represent one side of politics in a particular port folio while having all your other responsibilities but the people of the Upper Hunter will remain my priority. “When it comes to transport there is so much happening here, we are at the epicentre of a lot of energy projects and this delivery will come down to the transport system and accommodating large oversized and mass vehicles and the links of our road, rail and port networks. “It is a port folio that relates very much to our area but I guess it just doubles my workload. “As someone who has a background in construction, and who has been involved in infrastructure projects before, I have a keen interest in roads and regional infrastructure. “I’m extremely honoured to be given a position of this nature to continue to fight for the people I represent, my neighbours, my local community and every person living in a regional part of the State.” NSW Opposition Leader Mark Speakman said Mr Layzell will be a great addition to the Shadow Cabinet team. “Dave has demonstrated that he is a fantastic advocate for his local community,” Mr Speakman said. “I am pleased to have him on board, and I look forward to working with him to keep the Government accountable when it comes to transport and road infrastructure in the regions.” NSW Nationals Leader Dugald Saunders said Mr Layzell will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. “Dave lives and breathes the bush, so I am confident he’ll embrace this role and be able to deliver positive outcomes for our regional communities across the State,” Mr Saunders said.

“Coming from the Upper Hunter, he understands just how important our regional road networks are because he relies on them every day, and he knows they are a lifeline for both residents and businesses.