Victorian Government Industry Breakfast panel announced

Victorian Government Industry Breakfast MEGATRANS2022

MEGATRANS2022 is pleased to announce that The Hon. Melissa Horne MP will present a keynote address at the Victorian Government Industry Breakfast on day one of the event.

The Minister for Ports and Freight will then join a panel discussion to answer your questions about current state government projects to benefit the freight and logistics industry in Victoria.

All panellists are respected industry leaders and between them have decades of experience in the transport and logistics sector. Read more about each guest below.

To join us at this exclusive event, book your tickets online now. Seats are limited.

The Hon. Melissa Horne MP — Minister for Ports and Freight 

Melissa Horne has been the Minister for Ports and Freight since 2018.

She has been responsible for implementing key reforms contained in the Victorian Freight Plan and has focussed strongly on getting more freight on rail. In 2018 she secured an $83 million investment to boost maintenance on the rail freight network. This year’s Victorian Budget contains a further $181 million to be invested in capital upgrades to the network.

Melissa has been a strong advocate for the Port Rail Shuttle Network and has overseen the introduction of a more transparent pricing mechanism at the Port of Melbourne.

She has also initiated changes to the management of Victoria’s ports, bringing together several agencies under Ports Victoria and charting a new path for the state’s four commercial ports.

Caryn Anderson — Port of Melbourne

As Executive General Manager, Port Growth and Planning, Caryn is responsible for leading the coordination of the Port’s growth strategies and supporting activities including infrastructure planning, major projects, concession and interface management and supply chain integration.

Having joined the former Port of Melbourne Corporation in 2006, Caryn has over 20 years of experience in the Australian and international ports, shipping and logistics sector.

Praveen Reddy — Freight Victoria 

Since his appointment as Executive Director, Freight Victoria, in 2020, Praveen Reddy has overseen expanded access to Victoria’s heavy vehicle network, undertaken a complete review of the Victorian ports system and chairs the Heavy Vehicle Consultative Group, which brings together representatives of the heavy vehicle industry to advise the Minister for Roads and Road Safety on reform.

Praveen brings more than 25 years’ experience in complex transport policy, governance and emerging and disruptive technology across Commonwealth and State Government sectors, as well as the private sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Most recently, Praveen has been responsible for formulating the government’s response to the unprecedented supply chain challenges presented by the pandemic.

Paul Scurrah — Pacific National

Paul Scurrah was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific National in 2021, and has over 25 years’ senior experience in transport, logistics, travel & aviation.

Before joining Pacific National Mr Scurrah was the CEO of Virgin Australia from 2019 and DP World from 2013. Prior to this he held roles as Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer at Aurizon and CEO of Queensland Rail.

Mr Scurrah serves on the Board of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team, is a Non-Executive Director of WHIZZ technologies and RPM Global.

Peter Anderson — Victorian Transport Association

Peter Anderson is one of Australia’s foremost experts in transport and logistics, with a lifelong career working in the business of freight movement for private businesses, and more recently Victoria’s peak transport industry representative group.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Transport Association, a role he has held since late 2014, Peter is the voice of over 800 transport and logistics operators in Victoria, with a focus on enhancing the productivity, safety, workforce development and sustainability of the industry through leadership and advocacy.

Natalie Reiter — Department of Transport

Natalie is Deputy Secretary of Policy, Precincts and Innovation at the Department of Transport (DoT), having had a diverse career including senior executive roles in private consulting as well as local and state government. In her current role, she leads the strategy underpinning the creation of Melbourne’s transport precincts.

Natalie is responsible for the first phase of the lifecycle including policy, strategy, data insights, planning, road safety, precincts, ports and freight. Natalie’s focus is on optimising problem solving for the benefit of all stakeholders of the transport network.

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