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WA gets new infrastructure advisory body

The newly-formed Infrastructure WA (IWA), the result of an election promise by Premier Mark McGowan, will provide independent advice to the state government on infrastructure-related matters.

Its initial focus will be to develop a 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy to identify key priorities to support WA’s expanding population. The document is expected to provide the strategic direction to encourage private sector investment, facilitate economic growth and create jobs.

The inaugural six-member IWA board was announced in July, with respected WA figure John Langoulant, who holds significant expertise in the public and private sectors, appointed as chair.

{{quote-A:R-W:175-I:2-Q:“IWA will play a vital role in helping provide guidance and advice on both the projects that need urgent action on the part of the government, as well as long-term planning for the next 20 years” -who:Ken Slattery, CCAA}}Cement Concrete & Aggregates (CCAA) CEO Ken Slattery said the industry supported efforts by the Western Australian Government to identify infrastructure needs and priorities to support WA’s population growth.

To highlight the importance of an independent advisory committee, the CCAA released new figures demonstrating WA is expected to consume an average of 2.5 million cubic metres of pre-mixed concrete a year for the next three years until 2016 – equivalent to filling 1000 Olympic-sized swimming pools annually.

“We welcome the decision by Premier McGowan to establish the new body as a way of ensuring responsible, long-term infrastructure planning for the state, in a way that will improve infrastructure in WA and help to create new jobs across the industry,” Slattery said.

“In our view, IWA will play a vital role in helping provide guidance and advice on both the projects that need urgent action on the part of the government, as well as long-term planning for the next 20 years.”

Slattery said the pipeline of major infrastructure projects in WA depended on having ready and cost-effective access to concrete supply.

“Major infrastructure projects, such as the $2.11 billion Riverside, the Metronet project and the Main Roads WA $4.7 billion Infrastructure Development Plan, are helping to drive significant demand for concrete and aggregates in Western Australia,” he said. “This means that cost-effective supply of concrete, close to where the work is located, will be more important than ever.

“Our industry, which employs more than 110,000 employees nationally – either directly or indirectly – is committed to working with the McGowan Government to get the very best outcomes for WA communities and taxpayers,” Slattery said.

He added that the construction materials industry contributed more than $15 billion to the national economy every year.

 

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