THE Queensland Government said it has met another key commitment in its 100 Day Action Plan, following the newly-established Infrastructure Queensland group meeting for the first time last week.
In its 100 Day Action Plan, the government pledged to establish Infrastructure Queensland to advise the state government on long-term infrastructure planning, prioritisation and ongoing management and maintenance.
Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Queensland chairman Jeff Seeney said Queensland was facing a serious deficit of critical infrastructure that is vital for the State's continued growth, prosperity and reducing unemployment.
"This government knows the scale of the task ahead, but we also know that we have a responsibility to Queenslanders to manage the State budget and be prudent with taxpayer's money," Mr Seeney said.
"Infrastructure Queensland is an advisory group drawing expert advice from highly regarded private sector representatives and heads of key government departments to drive the State's infrastructure projects."
Infrastructure Queensland is made up of a number of experts from the private sector, including:
- David Thomas, partner with Minter Ellison Lawyers;
- Paul Fennelly, director of Infrastructure Originations with Hastings Fund Management;
- Warren Traves, Operating Centre Manager for South East Queensland with GHD;
- Russell Smith, CEO of the Port of Brisbane Corporation;
- Leith Boully, Chair of the Wide Bay Water Corporation;
- Robert Row, Queensland CEO of the Civil Contractors Federation;
- Dr Michael Regan, Professor of Project and Infrastructure Management from Bond University;
- Paul Clauson, CEO of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland; and
- Greg Hallam CEO of the Local Government Association of Queensland.
"This government will deliver the right infrastructure at the right cost for Queensland, when and where it is needed the most," Mr Seeney said.