Drivers, demand, and disruption in freight

Drivers, demand and disruption in freight

May 25
CEDA welcomes Pacific National CEO, Dean Dalla Valle and Transport for NSW, Deputy Secretary Clare Gardiner-Barnes to outline drivers, demand, and disruption that will impact the freight sector.
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Dean Dalla Valle, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific National
Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Deputy Secretary – Freight, Strategy and Planning, Transport for NSW

Event Overview

At a time when the freight task is experiencing significant growth, the freight and logistics industry faces some key issues that will impact its ability to efficiently move goods around the country. These include; the impact of inland rail and the National Supply Chain Strategy, urban encroachment and technological change.

In NSW, the freight task is projected to double to over 794 million tonnes by 2031; demonstrating the need for effective network planning, new investment, and efficiency gains that will continue to underpin strong economic activity by the State.
This event will explore:


  • Industry priorities in meeting growing demand in freight;
  • Economic and environmental imperative to shift freight from road to rail; and
  • The NSW Government’s Future Transport Strategy 2056 and updated Freight and Ports Plan, designed to address the challenges of the growing freight task.


Meet the speakers

Dean Dalla Valle
Chief Executive Officer, Pacific National

Dean is Chief Executive Officer at Pacific National, one of Australia’s largest national rail freight operators, having been appointed to the role in July 2017.  He was appointed Chair of the Freight on Rail Group (FORG), working to address the challenges and opportunities facing the freight transport sector with a particular focus on rail freight and its customers and stakeholders.  Dean is also a member of the NSW Freight Advisory Council. Dean is a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience gained during a forty year career with BHP Billiton; earning him a reputation as one of the longest serving and most respected leaders in the industry. His expertise is in the successful management of large, global, capital intensive businesses with extensive knowledge of supply chain dynamics and hands-on operational experience.

Clare Gardiner-Barnes
Deputy Secretary – Freight, Strategy and Planning, Transport for NSW

As the Deputy Secretary for Freight, Strategy and Planning, Clare’s remit is broad and includes road safety, innovation and research, freight industry, and the regulation and policy formulation across all modes of transport. Clare leads strategic planning across Transport for NSW, highlighted by the recent release of Future Transport 2056. Clare is a board member of Roads Australia and is committed to working with her counterparts, to ensure regulatory change that supports the adoption of new technologies across all transport networks.

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