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Fresh leadership for Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia (IA) has announced a renewed Board, featuring representatives with experience across many areas of infrastructure.

Julieanne Alroe has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board, replacing Mark Birrell. Alroe is CEO and Managing Director of the Brisbane Airport Corporation, and has served on the IA board since June 2015.

Former senior Toll executive, Andrew Ethell, has also joined the Board, along with Reece Waldock, former Director-General of the Western Australian Department of Transport; Deena Shiff, former senior Telstra executive; and Dr Peter Wood, former Evans & Peck executive.

“I am really pleased that the diverse experience of the new appointees – across telecommunications, trucking and logistics, state government transport delivery and consulting engineering – will complement the skills of the continuing Board members,” said Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure.

“I warmly thank outgoing Board members Mark Birrell, Gerard Blood, Michael Carapiet and Peter Watson for their service. I particularly want to note the outstanding contribution of Mark Birrell, as Chair and previously a board member.

“The Coalition Government has established a stronger role for Infrastructure Australia and Mr Birrell has overseen significant projects, including the Australian Infrastructure Audit – the nation’s first comprehensive examination of infrastructure across the energy, telecommunications, water and transport sectors – and the delivery of the first 15–year Australian Infrastructure Plan.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) welcomed the new appointments, particularly the appointment of the ALC’s former Deputy Chairman and Honorary Fellow, Andrew Ethell.

Ethell served on the ALC’s Board from 2008 until 2017, and was Deputy Chairman for almost that entire period.

“This appointment recognises Andrew’s considerable expertise across the policy issues of vital importance to Australia’s freight logistics industry,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC.

“We likewise welcome the appointment of Julianne Alroe as the new Chair of IA, as well as the appointment of Deena Schiff and Reece Waldock to the Board, and welcome the continuing service of Nicole Lockwood, given her expertise in freight logistics matters.

“[The] ALC also acknowledges the contributions of the outgoing IA Board members. We especially thank outgoing Chairman, Mark Birrell, who has been a reliable ally for our industry over many years.”

“ALC has been one of IA’s most vocal supporters. As the nation’s independent infrastructure umpire, we believe IA plays a critical role in advancing the infrastructure projects Australia needs to promote economic and employment growth,” he said.

“These include transformational projects such as Inland Rail, the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in NSW, the Western Sydney Airport and, of course, recommending the development of a comprehensive National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which is being undertaken by the Federal Government.

“Andrew Ethell’s wealth of experience and close involvement in issues affecting the freight logistics sector will add an important perspective to IA’s deliberative processes.”

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