Packed industry forum backs Cross River Rail
Published Friday, 16 June, 2017 at 12:26 PM
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jackie Trad
The construction industry has embraced the start of Cross River Rail, with a room full of major contractors, building companies and potential suppliers attending an industry briefing on Queensland’s number one infrastructure project.
During the briefing at Parliament House, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was imperative that industry was on board, with early works for Cross River Rail set to start in September.
“Industry is ready to play its part after my Government committed to fully fund Cross River Rail,” the Premier said.
“We are wasting no time - I have been clear that Cross River Rail is happening and that we will deliver this nation building infrastructure project.
“I understand that we need our industry leaders to be ready to act on our tenders and start the flow of jobs which is why we are having our first industry briefing today.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said the briefing outlined the project’s scope and was live streamed for national and international companies.
“We are getting on with the job of building Cross River Rail and are bringing industry with us,” Ms Trad said.
“I’m pleased to announce that Graeme Newton will be the Acting Head of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority while we embark on the search for a CEO.
“Graeme is perfectly placed to drive this project forward. He works for Deloitte Australia with a national focus on the delivery of large, complex and high profile infrastructure and major capital projects. He is also a former Coordinator-General and CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.”
Acting Head of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Graeme Newton said he was delighted to join the Delivery Authority.
“This fully funded $5.4 billion infrastructure project will be a flagship project for industry and an opportunity to showcase world-leading design and delivery practices,” Mr Newton said.
“A great amount of planning has gone before us and now is the time to flip the switch and get on with the job of building Cross River Rail.
“The Delivery Authority is in a unique position to partner with industry to build Cross River Rail and we will look to industry and our other delivery partners to mobilise quickly so that Queenslander’s can realise the benefits of Cross River Rail sooner.”
To see the briefing and for more information visit: www.crossriverrail.qld.gov.au
Premier's Office: Geoff Breusch 0417 272 875
Deputy Premier's Office: Anna Jabour 0429 890 942