WA names new Department of Transport Director General

Peter Woronzow has been formally appointed to the role of Director General of the Department of Transport for Western Australia.

He will concurrently hold the roles of Commissioner of Main Roads WA and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority.

Woronzow has been the Acting Director General of Transport since March 2020, taking responsibility for setting the strategic direction of transport for the State during a time of unprecedented transport infrastructure development in WA.

With a career in the transport sector spanning more than 40 years, Woronzow joined Main Roads WA in July 1980 and remained with the agency until March 2020, serving as Managing Director from July 2016.

He served as Executive Director Finance and Commercial Services from 2004 to 2016 and has also occupied several other commercial, legal and supply chain related roles.

His key contributions as Acting Director General of Transport include maintaining continuity of essential services across the Transport Portfolio through the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing the Office of Major Transport Infrastructure Delivery, fast tracking 11 major road projects worth $2.7 billion to stimulate the WA economy, and providing significant employment and business opportunities for aboriginal people in transport projects.

Among his other achievements was the completion of the Matagarup Bridge, delivery of the State’s first Smart Freeway and establishment of the State’s Road Network Operations Centre.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said Woronzow had a deep understanding of what is required for the effective development of WA’s transport infrastructure.

She was confident he would ensure economic growth while delivering world class facilities and services.

“Peter has vast experience in the sector and has played a key role in the transformation of the WA transport landscape over the past 40 years,” she said in a statement.

“Peter brings a strong sense of community to this key strategic role,” said Saffioti.

“This is demonstrated by his leadership during COVID-19, which ensured the continued operation of essential public transport and licensing services during shutdowns, the delivery of projects under the WA Recovery Plan to restore the economy and support job creation, and his commitment to creating opportunities for more aboriginal people and business to participate in major transport projects.”

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