New leadership for Queensland's Department of Infrastructure and Planning

THE QUEENSLAND Government yesterday announced new leadership for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, following the appointment of previous Director-General and Coordinator-General, Graeme Newton, as head of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe, yesterday approved the appointment of Growth Management Queensland Chief Executive Paul Low as the Acting Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP).

The Ministers also approved the appointment of former Chief Executive Officer of WaterSecure Keith Davies as Coordinator-General.

Mr Low, who reports to both ministers, will be responsible for the state's planning and growth management agendas as well as providing support for the Local Government sector.

Mr Davies will work across the whole of government on independent environmental assessments for many of the state's biggest projects and will also facilitate major projects for economic activity, social development and new jobs.

"Paul is an ideal leader for this portfolio with his professional qualifications in urban planning and a wealth of experience in leading policy, planning and infrastructure development," Ms Boyle said.

Mr Hinchliffe welcomed the new appointments.

"I congratulate both men and look forward to the hard work ahead as Queensland regains its feet in the months ahead and then moves forward," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"Keith has more than 35 years experience in the water and energy industries in Australia and the United Kingdom. Mr Davies has also has been nominated by Engineers Australia as one of Australia's top 100 influential engineers for the last two years."

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