New National Transport Commission member appointed

Media Release


12 September 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced the appointment of Mr Neil Scales OBE as a member of the National Transport Commission.

“Mr Scales will bring a wealth of experience in transport planning and leadership to his role as a Commissioner,” Mr Truss said.

“He is currently the Director-General of Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads, responsible for an operating budget of almost $5.5 billion and managing assets worth almost $59 billion.

“As Director-General, Mr Scales has shown outstanding commitment to transport recovery and resilience in the aftermath of floods in the state.”

Mr Truss said Mr Scales would also bring an international perspective to the Commission, having previously worked in the UK transport industry.

“In the north of England, Mr Scales was the Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside,” he said.

“His Australian and international experience sees Mr Scales well placed to make a valuable contribution to the National Transport Commission.

“Mr Scales' appointment to the National Transport Commission is until the end of December 2016.”

The National Transport Commission is an inter-governmental agency charged with improving the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia's road, rail and intermodal transport system.

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