11 May 2021
Northern Territory’s new body, Infrastructure NT, will work with the Investment and Major Project commissioners to drive the creation of major projects across the Territory and to assist in delivering the recommendations from the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission Final Report.
The role of the body will be to plan and coordinate the Territory’s infrastructure needs in line with industry and population growth.
Infrastructure NT was a key recommendation of the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission to ensure the economic development of the Territory. Engineers will play a large role in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining this infrastructure.
Engineers Australia General Manager Northern, Keely Quinn said the establishment of this important body will allow for long term planning, strategic decision making on key infrastructure projects and will help entice investment in the NT with certainty for investors and employers.
“Engineers Australia is ready work closely with Infrastructure NT,” she said.
The new Infrastructure NT Commissioner will ensure the public infrastructure needed to deliver important job-creating projects is built and will provide a crucial link to achieving the NT Government’s goal of a $40 billion economy by 2030.
Ms Louise McCormick FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER, currently the General Manager Transport and Civil Services, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, will head up the role of Commissioner while the search for a permanent leader is underway.
Starting immediately Louise McCormick will build on Government infrastructure works that have already been completed to create jobs and plan for the future. Alongside the Investment and Major Project Commissioners, she will work to win projects and get them started.
McCormick will also establish a team to represent NT in national discussions. This is hoped to ensure the Territory’s infrastructure requirements have support from the Federal Government and Infrastructure Australia.
In addition, Infrastructure NT will develop a new Territory Infrastructure Strategy with annual plans, oversee business cases and concept plans for ‘shovel ready’ projects, and review and define processes to assess and prioritise major publicly funded infrastructure investment proposals.
“I am very proud to take this role on given the importance it will play in shaping the Territory’s future. This role brings together everything I love about being an engineer and provides an opportunity to do things differently to achieve better outcomes,” McCormick said.
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler said the announcement of an NT Infrastructure body and Infrastructure Commissioner means the Territory will have more expertise on the front, to win projects for Territorians.
“Quality projects that enable economic development are important to the Northern Territory’s bounce back. We are well positioned to become Australia’s comeback capital,” Lawler said.