12 July 2011
Legislation to establish Infrastructure NSW has passed Parliament. An expert board will direct and oversee the preparation of a 20 year state infrastructure strategy and 5 year infrastructure plans. The board will comprise five persons appointed from the private sector.
These people are:
- David Gonski – who is a director on a range of companies including Investec Bank, Singapore Airlines and Coca Cola Amatil;
- Max Moore Wilton – Former Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and currently Chairman of Sydney Airport Corporation;
- Roger Fletcher – Managing Director of Fletcher International Exports and also Chairman of the National Export Lamb, Sheep and Goat Industries Council and Director of the Australian Meat Industry Council;
- Rod Pearse – who has held senior roles with companies including Boral, Shell and CSR and is currently a member of the COAG Reform Council expert panel on cities; and
- Carolyn Kay – A board member at Allens Arthur Robinson, Brambles, Commonwealth Bank and the Sydney Institute.
The Government’s media release is here.
The board also includes the CEO of Infrastructure NSW and Paul Broad has been appointed to this role. Mr Broad has been CEO of telecommunications company AAPT for the past four years. His previous roles have included the Managing Director of PowerTel and as Managing Director of EnergyAustralia, Hunter Water and Sydney Water Corporation. The relevant Government media release is here.
Infrastructure NSW’s board also includes the heads of:
- the Department of Trade, Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services;
- the Department of Planning and Infrastructure;
- the NSW Treasury.
Former Premier Nick Greiner has been appointed as independent Chair. The relevant Government media release is here.
The Urban Taskforce has expressed concern that Infrastructure NSW must now prepare and submit a 20-year state infrastructure strategy, but that the planning will take place against the backdrop of low growth targets in the current land use plans. Our submission is available here.