Expert-led board appointed to build Queensland’s future
28 October, 2015 10 min read
The Palaszczuk Government today announced the eight-member board of Building Queensland, delivering a key election commitment and ensuring a whole-of-government perspective is brought to major infrastructure planning, prioritisation and investment.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said board included highly experienced experts from the private and public sectors.
“The eight appointments are experts at the top of their chosen fields, with the majority from the private sector,” Ms Trad said.
“All the board members have vast experience in their fields and will play an important role shaping Queensland’s future.
“I am pleased to announce that Mr Alan Millhouse, one of the country’s leading experts on major public and private infrastructure projects, has agreed to head the board of Building Queensland in the role of chair.
“I am confident that under his leadership, Building Queensland will provide the government with independent, expert advice on infrastructure priorities and also assist evaluating infrastructure projects brought to government as market-led proposals.
“Alan Millhouse headed Allen’s national infrastructure practice from 1996-2008 where he provided high level advice on the structuring, development and financing of major infrastructure projects and was also president of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland and served on a number of boards including Queensland Motorways and SunWater.
“The Building Queensland board will have strong representation from the private sector with Mr James McKenzie, Mr Graham Hooper, Professor Catherin Bull and Ms Jacqui Walters also appointed as members.
“Queensland’s Under Treasurer, Jim Murphy, Director General of the Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning, Frankie Carroll and the Director General of Premier and Cabinet, David Stewart have also been appointed to the board.”
The Queensland Parliament last night passed legislation formally establishing Building Queensland – a new independent, statutory body that will drive Queensland’s infrastructure program and create a pipeline of projects for the state to boost investment and create jobs.
“Building Queensland delivers on Labor’s commitment to plan and provide the infrastructure that our local communities need,” Ms Trad said.
“By creating a pipeline of infrastructure projects for the Queensland Government to consider, Building Queensland will ensure infrastructure projects that deliver returns to local communities and our state’s economy are prioritised.”
Ms Trad said Building Queensland will take the politics out of infrastructure as experts, not politicians, evaluate proposals, and develop rigorous business cases using transparent and disciplined frameworks.
“Queenslanders will see infrastructure projects which are prioritised appropriately and deliver returns to their local community and in turn Queensland’s economy,” Ms Trad said.
“Building Queensland demonstrates the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to invest in infrastructure projects that improve Queensland’s national and international competitiveness and benefit the community.
“Building Queensland also delivers the private sector the certainty they need to do business with the Queensland Government and invest in our state.”
Building Queensland will independently assess infrastructure projects through rigorous business case development including cost-benefit analysis and the assessment of community benefits and the body will only put forward priority infrastructure projects for government consideration.
“The private sector can now have confidence that government decisions will be based on the long-term interests of Queensland and these decisions will be transparent and based on best-practice analysis,” Ms Trad said.
“Building Queensland will produce a pipeline of priority projects every six months for consideration and this will inform the development of future projects in the State Infrastructure Plan and will also draw on the expertise of the private sector for detailed market sounding in its business cases.
“Consistent with the Palaszczuk Government’s strong commitment to transparency and accountability, Building Queensland will have to publish its decisions and deliberations online.
“This careful and open-book planning was absent from Queensland under the last LNP Government.”
The establishment of Building Queensland follows an extensive consultation program with over 150 information sessions explaining the role and responsibilities of the body to stakeholders including industry associations, private sector companies and peer organisations.
Building Queensland has already commenced its role leading the development of business cases for a number of key projects including the Queensland Government’s highest priority project, Cross River Rail, as well as the Train Control System Upgrade, Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade and Queensland Health Legacy ICT projects.
Building Queensland External Board Members
Mr Millhouse headed Allens’ national infrastructure practice from 1996–2008 where he provided extensive advice on structuring, development and financing of major infrastructure projects (particularly in the water and transport industries) including public private partnerships (PPPs).
Previously President of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland and has served on a number of Boards including Chair of Queensland Motorways and Director SunWater.
– Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws
Mr McKenzie has extensive directorial experience, including Chair of Mirvac, ShineWing, Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Gloucestor Coal, Pacific Brands, and Co-Vice Chair Yancoal Australia and has also held the position of CEO of Norwich Union Australia and Managing Director of Funds Management and Insurance at the ANZ Banking Group.
He has served as a director of a number of public companies and is currently the Chair of ShineWing.
– Bachelor of Business; Chartered Accountant
Mr Hooper has held executive roles for AECOM/Maunsells in a 26-year association focused on transportation, logistics and ports.
Previously, Mr Hooper had four years with PNG Harbours Board and has worked in 20 countries and was a member of AECOM’s Global Major Projects Risk Review Committee.
– Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural)
Professor Catherin Bull
With an academic career in urban planning and design built on an earlier architectural career, Ms Bull has extensive experience sitting on Boards and panels providing high level advice on infrastructure planning and delivery.
– Research degrees, Professor
An independent consultant with experience in delivering strategy and change projects in public and private sectors, Ms Walters recently advised a number of state governments on improving major capital project performance.
Ms Walters is also an Advisory Board Member with two social enterprises.
– Bachelor of Commerce
Government board members
Jim Murphy, Queensland’s Under Treasurer
Frankie Carroll, Director General of the Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning
David Stewart, Director General of Premier and Cabinet