Experts sought for Infrastructure WA board

The Western Australian Government is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) to join the Infrastructure WA board.

Board members will provide independent advice to government on the state’s long-term infrastructure priorities.

Premier Mark McGowan said Infrastructure WA has been established to better develop the state and secure Commonwealth funds for major projects.

“It is hoped the independent board, to be made up of leading public and private sector industry figures including a private industry chairman, will develop the best strategy on infrastructure without political pressure,” Mr. McGowan said.

“The EOI seeks high calibre applicants with excellent leadership qualities and significant experience in infrastructure policy, planning, strategy, funding, financing and delivery.”

Mr. McGowan said Infrastructure WA chairperson-designate John Langoulant will oversee the expression of interest process.

“As the governing body of Infrastructure WA, the board will advise government on the state’s infrastructure needs and priorities, and ensure maximum value from every dollar spent by government agencies on major proposals,” Mr. McGowan said.

“Investment in infrastructure is critical in growing the economy, generating jobs and supporting sustainable and vibrant communities.”

According to Mr. McGowan, Infrastructure WA will create a pipeline of investment in state to deliver important infrastructure and long-term jobs.

“It will also address a number of issues that were highlighted in the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects. The Infrastructure WA board will provide the necessary governance to ensure these issues are addressed,” Mr. McGowan said.

“I expect the Infrastructure WA board to hold the community’s interests as the highest priority, ensuring that strategic infrastructure creates jobs and delivers social, economic and environmental outcomes for all Western Australians.”

Infrastructure WA’s key roles include:

  • Preparing a 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy
  • Assessing and reporting on major government infrastructure proposals prior to investment decisions being made.
  • Providing advice on infrastructure priorities and funding and financing options.
  • Co-ordinating the state’s submissions to Infrastructure Australia.

The board of up to 10 members will comprise both public and private sector representatives.

Expressions of interest are being sought until 31 May.

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