NSW top Transport Chief Steps Down following Camellia Site Controversy
Rodd Staples will step down in February 2021 after three years as NSW’s top transport chief.
Aptly timed, Mr. Staples’ departure comes as the NSW Government finds itself splattered in controversy after the purchase of highly contaminated land at Camellia as part of the Light Rail project in 2016, when Mr. Staples was head of the Sydney Metro project.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance sites the need for a “new direction” under new leadership as plans to undertake hundreds of transport infrastructure projects gets underway following the NSW 2020/21 state budget. The merger of Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services falls within this “new direction”.