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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
79 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2016 ALC MEMBER INSIGHTS she has a family background in ports – her great-grandfather went to Egypt to help build the Suez Canal – she works in ports now almost by chance. Her husband saw a job advertised at Sydney Ports Corporation (SPC) while she was working at Sinclair Knight Merz. Calfas interviewed with industry legend John Hayes, who didn’t offer her the advertised role, but wanted to talk to her about other opportunities. Six months later, they created a role for her as development planner. She worked on the initial concept planning for Port Botany Expansion (the third stevedore terminal), working on planning approvals, design, tenders, and construction, and spending substantial time on site. This allowed her to develop an end-to-end understanding of the business. Looking to the future Underpinning NSW Ports’ work is its 30 Year Master Plan, which allows the business to take a long-term view of its assets and operations across the whole supply chain. ‘We can’t make a ports business work unless every part is functioning, so we have taken a leadership role across the ports supply chain,’ says Calfas. The business is now working to five objectives. One of these is to provide an efficient road connection to and from the ports and the intermodal terminals, irrespective of the work being done to leverage the rail system. ‘Road is still the primary way freight is moved; there will be growth in road movements, and we will need to improve the productivity of each truck so it’s carrying the maximum load on each journey,’ Calfas notes. Another focus is the WestConnex roadworks. NSW Ports supports this development, but aspects of it – for example, the left and right turn at the Foreshore Road and General Holmes Drive intersection – still need to be reconsidered.