Western Australia is on the cusp of a new era of infrastructure planning after legislation establishing Infrastructure WA just passed both houses of Parliament.
The establishment of Infrastructure WA was a key election commitment as part of the McGowan Labor Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’.
Infrastructure WA’s purpose is to provide advice and assist the Government on infrastructure related matters.
The primary focus of Infrastructure WA will be the development of a 20-year strategy, which will identify infrastructure needs and priorities to support Western Australia’s growing population.
The passing of the Infrastructure WA Bill 2019 clears the way for the statutory body to be established and for it to commence work on preparing the strategy.
Infrastructure WA will be run by an independent board comprising of up to 10 members, combining the expertise of both the public and private sectors.
Mr John Langoulant AO, a highly respected member of the Western Australian community, was announced as the Chair-designate in February 2019.
Mr Langoulant has extensive experience across Western Australia’s business, government and community sectors and is expected to bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role.
Infrastructure WA will also be responsible for:
- Assessing and reporting on major government infrastructure proposals;
- Providing advice on infrastructure priorities and funding and financing options; and
- Co-ordinating the state’s submissions to Infrastructure Australia.
Premier Mark McGowan said WA has long needed this level of planning to get the state back on track – provide certainty to industry and encourage private sector investment, which all helps grow the economy and create jobs.
“The rigour and governance applied as part of the Infrastructure WA model will ensure the community’s interests are a priority and taxpayer’s money is invested wisely.”