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Posted on: 14 November, 2017

Major Projects Advisory Board to oversee $200m project delivery

Whitsunday Regional Council has established a Major Projects Advisory Board to oversee almost $200 million of regional capital projects to be delivered by council over the next 18 months.

The Major Projects Advisory Board (MPAB) is made up of WRC Mayor Andrew Willcox, Deputy Mayor John Collins, CEO Barry Omundson, Director of Engineering Jason Raiteri, Chief Staff Officer Paul Fendley (secretariat) and five experienced independent board members recruited from around Australia.

The high quality independent board members are headed by Proserpine old boy and former Queensland treasurer Andrew Fraser, procurement and contract specialist Brad McCosker, Major capital program delivery expert Nick Jukes, Urban planning and major project delivery guru Michael Kerry and IT expert and business process specialist Peter Carr.

Mr Fraser said he was keen to add his expertise after having been part of the government response to the major natural disasters of the Queensland floods and TC Yasi in early 2011.

“This board is a way for me to give back to the community in which I was born and schooled.”

Mayor Andrew Willcox said he was elated to have such a diverse and experienced board to help ensure council delivers the long list of major projects including Shute Harbour Restoration, Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, Greening and Growing Bowen and Whitsunday Coast Airport upgrades.

“CEO Barry Omundson and I identified a risk to efficiently delivering council’s normal 2017/18 $30 million capital works program in conjunction with the $200 million in co-funding projects to help rebuild our region post Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“This board has been established to provide advisory oversight to ensure we increase council’s capacity to deliver an unprecedented project delivery program over the next few years,” he said.

Having recently returned from speaking at the European Union Parliament in Brussels, Peter Carr said he the opportunity to assist the Whitsunday region was a “no-brainer”.

“Having attended St John Bosco in Collinsville from 1979-81, I feel a true affiliation with communities across the region and am delighted to be invited to work in an advisory capacity.”

Former McCullough Robertson Lawyers partner Brad McCosker said any delivery of infrastructure carries with it risks and opportunities, often in equal measure, and it was prudent of council to form the advisory board.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to assist Council in a pragmatic and responsive way to help deliver their strategic infrastructure objectives.”

Urban management guru Michael Kerry said he developed an affinity with the Whitsunday Region while working with THG, an affiliate of the Whitsunday Survey Group, based in Proserpine.

“This Region is unique, combining a fragile and beautiful geographical setting with a wealth of opportunity in agri-business, resources, recreation and tourism which require careful management and nurturing.”

Having lived in Mackay and Bowen in the early 1980’s Nick Jukes was involved in the infrastructure delivery at Hay Point and Abbot Point ports.

“I visited the Whitsundays regularly and learned to appreciate the potential of the region from a development and tourism perspective.”

Meet the external board members:

MICHAEL KERRY - is an Urban Management Advisor, a consultant to Infrastructure New South Wales and an Independent Director on the Boards of Capital Metro Agency (Canberra Light Rail) ACT and SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd. Michael was a senior executive with Brisbane City Council for 12 years, responsible for planning and all infrastructure assets. Michael has extensive experience in city and regional planning, urban design, transport and infrastructure planning, major projects, housing policy, urban renewal and development.

NICK JUKES - currently Executive Director and Chairman of JukesTodd which he founded in 2007 to provide commercial advisory and project management services principally on major infrastructure projects. He was previously Managing Director of Sedgman , when an ASX listed company, and a Director and General Manager of a number of Thiess companies. Nick spent 25 years with Thiess on major projects in Australia and offshore.

BRAD McCOSKER - as a partner at McCullough Robertson Lawyers for 20 years Brad previously specialised in providing legal advice to construction, resources and infrastructure projects. Brad has since opened BPMC Consult, and assists in providing commercial and strategic advice regarding project delivery to a range of proponents including government. Brad’s roles now include evaluating appropriate delivery structures for projects, facilitating contract formation and management of projects to commercially desirable solutions.

PETER CARR - over more than 20-years as an industry analyst and business advisor he has accumulated a significant body of knowledge regarding the operational and strategic management of local government in Australia and overseas. In 2017 Peter was invited to participate as the independent business advisor for the City of Hobart delegation to the European Union World Cities program in 2017-18 which included visits to the City of Katowice (Poland) and speaking at the EU Parliament in Brussels.

ANDREW FRASER - is an experienced director across a range of sectors. Presently he is an independent director of Sunsuper, and Chairman of the Investment Committee which oversees more than $45 billion in funds. After four years at the NRL as Head of Strategy and Investment, he is a director of the Titans Rugby League, the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and NZ Rugby League. In the charitable sector, Andrew is a director of the Hear and Say Centre. Previously Andrew served in the Qld Parliament, and was Treasurer of Queensland from 2007-2012.

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