New group to advise on infrastructure

AN advisory group, made up of Queensland's private sector heavyweights, has been established to provide advice on major infrastructure, including the Bruce Highway.

Members of the Infrastructure Queensland body were announced on Thursday afternoon after an inaugural meeting in Brisbane.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam is one member, as is top-tier law firm Minter Ellison partner David Thomas and Wide Bay Water Corporation chairman Leith Boully.

Infrastructure Queensland will provide advice to the State Government on long-term planning and priorities for infrastructure.

Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Queensland chairman Jeff Seeney said Queensland was facing a serious deficit of critical infrastructure, which was vital to the state's continued growth, prosperity and reducing unemployment.

Mr Seeney said the group would provide advice on a range of infrastructure projects including the Bruce Highway and Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

"They would express whatever views they like of the government, (including) if they think we are going the wrong way," he said.

The group will meet quarterly.

Other private sector experts on the board include Paul Clauson, CEO of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, Robert Row, Queensland CEO of the Civil Contractors Federation and Russell Smith, CEO of the Port of Brisbane Corporation. 

Infrastructure Queensland 

  • 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
  • Greg Hallam CEO of the Local Government Association of Queensland. 

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