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Michael Deegan takes top transport job in SA

Former Infrastructure Australia boss appointed the CEO of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.


The former head of Australia’s infrastructure advisory body has been appointed to lead South Australia’s transport department.

Michael Deegan has taken on the role of CEO of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Deegan previously served as the infrastructure coordinator of Infrastructure Australia, the body established in 2008 to advise the Federal Government on infrastructure matters.

Deegan left his post in February this year.

“I’m very pleased to appoint someone of Mr Deegan’s experience and impressive background to this role,” SA premier Jay Weatherill says.

“Mr Deegan has a long and extensive track record of major infrastructure delivery and public transport services improvements and will continue the State’s infrastructure build.”

Deegan has also served as the chairman of the National Transport Commission and been the director-general of the New South Wales Department of Transport.

SA transport minister Stephen Mullighan says the State will benefit from Deegan’s track record of delivering major transport projects.

“I’m certain Mr Deegan will make an outstanding contribution in overseeing the ongoing delivery of world-class infrastructure and services that all South Australians deserve,” he says.

“It’s exciting and a great show of support for our future plans for transport, planning and infrastructure, that someone of his considerable calibre and expertise made the choice to come and work in South Australia.”

Some of the major transport projects on the SA Government’s agenda include the new O-Bahn Tunnel, Torrens to Torrens and Darlington upgrades and Gawler line electrification.

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