Infrastructure adviser confirms leadership changes

The Australian Government has reappointed the current Chair and two members to the Infrastructure Australia (IA) Board.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said he was pleased to reappoint the current Chair Julieanne Alroe and Board members Deena Shiff and Reece Waldock AM for another year.

“These reappointments ensure a strong and experienced leadership team will continue to oversee IA’s work at a critical time, as it delivers a 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan to back an infrastructure-led recovery from Covid-19,” said McCormack.

“These reappointments will provide organisational stability as IA steps up to help the infrastructure sector tackle some of its toughest challenges yet.

“The current Board’s extensive experience and knowledge will support IA’s ongoing work in providing advice on Australia’s infrastructure priorities.

“Strategic advice and expert planning will help guide the Australian Government’s record $100 billion nationwide infrastructure pipeline, which is creating jobs, driving regional economies, supporting communities and getting Australians home sooner and safer,” he said.

Julieanne Alroe has been the IA Chair since 2017 and a Board Member since 2015, having previously been CEO and Managing Director of the Brisbane Airport Corporation.

Deena Shiff brings substantial corporate governance experience to the Board as a former senior executive in the telecommunications industry, including as a Group Managing Director at Telstra.

Reece Waldock has extensive management experience in state government transport agencies, including as Director General of Transport in Western Australia and a current Commissioner of the National Transport Commission.

The IA Board comprises 12 members including the Chair.

In other news, a submission made by the Illawarra Business Chamber on behalf of Picton Road Motorway Coalition has called on IA to elevate Picton Road to an 'immediate-term priority', delivered up to 10 years earlier than currently planned and for the project description to be modified to reflect the need for it to be upgraded to motorway standard.

“Infrastructure Australia will soon revise its priority listing for nationally significant infrastructure problems and opportunities and it is vital that it makes a clearer and more informed case to Government on Picton Road,“ said campaign spokesperson, Adam Zarth.

“The road will reach peak hour capacity in 2022 and daily capacity by 2025, however Federal Government is only looking to investigate measured safety improvements and realignments in 5-10 years’ time.

“Elsewhere in the state, the Hume Highway near Gundagai carries half the daily volume that Picton Road does with a similar heavy vehicle proportion, but is of motorway standard with two lanes in each direction. Unfortunately, the prioritisation and planning for this vital freight and passenger corridor is well under-cooked.

“However, thanks to the advocacy of the members of this Coalition, the case for Picton Road is currently being closely considered by the Minister for Transport and Roads and his department.

“As we await word on how the state will address this issue it is vital that Infrastructure Australia revise its prioritisation and in turn provide the impetus for the Federal Government to jointly fund the works, similar to the way in which there has been a joint commitment to the Princes Highway upgrades down the South Coast.”

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