Coordinator of IA appointed

A businessman with many years experience in the transport and infrastructure sectors is the new coordinator of Infrastructure Australia.

Michael Deegan will oversee a small team of personnel at Infrastructure Australia that will back the 12-member board, chaired by Sir Rod Eddington, in setting the agenda for infrastructure development across the nation.

Mr Deegan has held senior management positions in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Infrastructure Australia, he was Chair of the National Transport Commission. Mr Deegan is credited by Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, with re-energising the commission.

“When commencing as Chair of the National Transport Commission in 2006, Mr Deegan took over an organisation that had lost its focus. He has since built it to its current level, heavily relied on by both government and industry for providing a strategic overview of transport,” Mr Albanese says.

Mr Deegan also served as Director General of the NSW Department of Transport, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, President of the Property Council of Australia, General Manager of the property group, Mirvac, and a director of various construction and investment companies.

Mr Albanese says Mr Deegan will make an outstanding contribution to the government’s national building agenda as Infrastructure Australia’s coordinator.

The first tasks of Infrastructure Australia are:
• developing by October 2008 nationally consistent public-private partnership guidelines to make it easier and cheaper for private industry to partner the government investing in nation-building infrastructure;
• finalising by the end of 2008 a national audit of Australia’s infrastructure; and
• delivering to COAG by March 2009 a national priority list to guide billions of dollars in economically significant infrastructure.

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia says Mr Deegan’s long career in transport and infrastructure means he has the knowledge and experience necessary for the role of Infrastructure Australia’s coordinator.

IPA says his appointment will equip Infrastructure Australia with the expertise to deliver reforms and projects to benefit the nation.

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