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Public Transport Victoria boss steps down amid strikes

Mark Wild formally resigned as CEO of Public Transport Victoria on Wednesday amid ongoing public transport strikes.

Gary Liddle will act as interim CEO of PTV until a new CEO is appointed. Liddle has until now been lead deputy secretary, transport, at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and was previously employed as CEO of VicRoads and director at the Linking Melbourne Authority.

Wild will take up a new role within the state’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Melbourne has seen train and tram strikes over the past three weeks due to unresolved pay disputes between the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and employers Yarra Trams and Metro Trains.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews thanked Wild for his “passion and substantial contribution to public transport in Victoria over many years”:

“I have worked closely with Mark over the past nine months on the Andrews Labor Government’s huge public transport agenda, including Melbourne Metro Rail Project, 50 level crossing removals and new trains and trams for Victoria. Mark’s extensive experience and outstanding technical knowledge has been valuable in developing these critical projects.”

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David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He's previously written for The Guardian and Crikey and holds a masters in international relations.