Above: Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas locked in conversation with Daniel Gregor, Melbourne Transport and Advisory Services Manager with SMEC Australia
They might be operating at opposite ends of the country, but Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas and NT Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison share a common vision - to ensure the infrastructure is in place to fuel economic growth and social well-being in their respective jurisdictions.
Ms Manison, who is also the Territory's Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure, was our guest at a major industry lunch in Darwin this month, sponsored by CPB Contractors. It was the first time she'd spoken to the industry-at-large since the election of the new NT Government in August - and the clear message was that infrastructure was key to the continuing economic development of the Territory.
This was a sentiment echoed by Mark Coffey, head of the Federal Government Office of Northern Australia, in a policy briefing held prior to the lunch.
Meantime, in Melbourne Treasurer Tim Pallas ranged across topics from road spending - including maintenance - to ITS and the new Office of Projects Victoria, headed up by former Linking Melbourne Authority chief (and Roads Australia Vice President), Ken Mathers.
Sponsored by SMEC Australia, our Melbourne lunch drew 170 industry leaders.
Above left: (L to R) Chris Walton from Professionals Australia; RA President, David Stuart-Watt; Treasurer Tim Pallas; and Madeleine McManus from Monash University. Above right: Nicole Manison.
Meantime, Building Queensland CEO, David Quinn, was our special guest at an exclusive single-table lunch sponsored by Arup in Brisbane last week.
David and his team provide the Queensland Government with independent, expert advice on major infrastructure, working closely with all departments, government-owned corporations and statutory authorities.
In June, Building Queensland delivered its first pipeline report, identifying four proposals as being ready for a government investment decision - Cross River Rail; the European Train Control System (ETCS)—Inner City; Cunningham Highway—Yamanto Interchange to Ebenezer Creek; and the Pacific Motorway—Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes.
Right: Our Brisbane single-table lunch with David Quinn. Below: Arup's Alex Borg and David.