Infrastructure Australia’s new board is unveiled

Birrell hails broad experience from business, academia and both public and private sectors

Infrastructure Australia’s new board is unveiled
Mark Birrell expects best possible advice


Infrastructure Australia (IA) has selected a new board as it transitions into an independent statutory body.

The panel is the first step in advancing the authority’s work following the proclamation of the Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2014, its chair Mark Birrell says.

The board was selected on Monday by infrastructure miinister Warren Truss.

The independent board is yet to appoint a CEO, with John Fitzgerald becoming acting CEO in the meantime.

Birrell, who chairs the Port of Melbourne Corporation, says the members bring a range of experience from business to academia from both public and private sectors.

"This will help us provide the best possible advice on financing, delivering and managing projects around Australia," Birrell says.

"I am pleased we have retained some experience from the previous advisory council and I welcome the new members and their expertise to the table.

"Infrastructure Australia is now an independent statutory body with a much-needed mandate to prioritise and progress nationally significant infrastructure.

"With a board in place we can now take up these important roles and be a key source of research and advice on the projects and reforms Australia needs to fill the infrastructure gap," he adds.

"If we get our infrastructure right, we will protect Australia’s quality of life at a time of population growth and global economic change."

The board’s first task is to complete a comprehensive audit of existing national infrastructure to be presented to the Australian Government later this year, and publish a 15-year national infrastructure plan, which will canvass Australia’s current and future infrastructure needs.

It will also look into means of financing and delivering infrastructure and explore ideas for better planning and use of infrastructure networks.

The new IA board members are:

  • Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Gerard Blood, RailCorp
  • Michael Carapiet, SAS Trustees Corporation
  • Peter Corish, Corish Group
  • Colin Duffield, Regional Rail Link
  • Daniel Norton, Tasmanian Ports Corporation
  • Nicole Lockwood, Road Freight Transport Industry Council
  • Kerry Schott, Moorebank Intermodal Company
  • Peter Watson, Regional Rail Link Authority.

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