Former Infrastructure Australia chairmen Sir Rod Eddington and Mark Birrell will provide advice to the South Australian Government on the establishment of Infrastructure SA.
Sir Rod Eddington was the inaugural chair of Infrastructure Australia, serving from 2008-2014 and Mark Birrell was a founding board member and Chairman of Infrastructure Australia from 2014-2017.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said that both men bring a wealth of experience to the development of infrastructure and are set to play a critical role in the establishment of the state’s own independent infrastructure advisory body.
“Advice of the quality that Mark Birrell and Sir Rodney Eddington have to offer is invaluable and I personally appreciate their guidance,” Mr. Marshall said.
“The establishment of Infrastructure South Australia will dramatically change the way governments plan and deliver major infrastructure projects in our state.
“It is critical that we develop the best model and legislation to establish this essential advisory body.”
The Premier’s Advisory Group, on the establishment of Infrastructure South Australia has been convened to review and advise the premier on the body’s proposed form, structure and function.
The group will also assist the Premier on the initial statement of expectations for Infrastructure SA and review and advise the Premier on the draft Infrastructure SA Bill 2018.
“South Australia spends well over $1 billion a year on roads, ports and other productive infrastructure – the vast majority of that is government funded,” said Mr. Marshall said.
“Infrastructure South Australia will be an independent body that will develop a long-term State Infrastructure Strategy and ongoing infrastructure plans which prioritise major projects.”