Experienced infrastructure delivery executive, Mr Peter Sammut, has been appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Western Distributor Authority after an extensive executive recruitment process.
The Western Distributor Authority will deliver Melbourne’s long-awaited second river crossing, slash travel times on the M1 Corridor, and take thousands of trucks off local streets in the inner west.
Mr Sammut was most recently the Chief Executive of Capital Projects within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Mr Sammut has overseen the construction and rollout of a range of PPP projects including Melbourne’s desalination plant and the $2.5 billion Eastlink toll road, at the time Victoria’s largest ever urban road project.
The 30-year veteran of public and private construction projects will oversee a project that will deliver an $11 billion boost to Victoria's economy and create 5,600 jobs.
The Western Distributor Authority will work closely with Transurban and the winning contractors to deliver the best possible amenity outcome for local residents and the best traffic solution for motorists, cyclists and the freight industry.
Along with providing an alternative to West Gate Bridge, the Western Distributor Project includes an extensive upgrade of the Monash Freeway and significant improvements to Webb Dock access roads.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“Just like with the Melbourne Metro and Level Crossing Removal Authorities, the Western Distributor Authority will guarantee the best outcomes by slashing congestion and removing trucks from the inner-west.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing across the transport network to deliver improvements for all Victorians which will create thousands of construction jobs.”
“I am thrilled to have Mr Sammut on board and his invaluable experience with large and complex projects will deliver value for money and ensure this project stays on track.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020