Contest of ideas to shape infrastructure strategy

Wednesday 7 October 2015

All Victorians will have the opportunity to have a say in determining Victoria’s priority infrastructure projects the inaugural chair of Infrastructure Victoria, Jim Miller, said today.

Mr Miller said Infrastructure Victoria, a new independent advisory body that will be responsible for developing a 30 year infrastructure strategy for the state, would work with the community and stakeholders to identify and prioritise projects.

"The development of the 30 year infrastructure strategy will be a contest of ideas that we encourage everyone to get involved in," Mr Miller said.

"Infrastructure Victoria will provide independent and expert advice on infrastructure matters but it will not be the font of all knowledge."

"To develop a long term strategy that maps out the best way to deliver the best projects at the best times will require input from stakeholders, business, industry and the community.

"We don’t want people to stand by silently while we develop our strategy – we want them to get involved and have their say," Mr Miller said.

Infrastructure Victoria was formally established this month, with commencement of the Infrastructure Victoria Act 2015 and appointment of the board. The seven member board comprises Jim Miller (Chair), Maria Wilton (Deputy Chair), Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Ann Sherry AO, Chris Eccles, David Martine and Adam Fennessy.

The board is now undertaking a search for an inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Miller said the board was excited to be leading a new approach to infrastructure planning.

"I think everyone agrees that we need to do things differently to get the best outcomes for the state.

"There will be some big conversations to be had over the coming months, and no doubt some tough decisions to be made, but the board is excited and honoured to be involved," Mr Miller said.

Public consultation on the 30 year strategy will begin in early 2016.