Les Wielinga To Head Major Transport Infrastructure Board

17 April 2015

The delivery of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented transport infrastructure program will be overseen by an expert Board, to ensure all projects are delivered in a coordinated and cost-effective way.

The Major Transport Infrastructure Board will be chaired by eminent transport expert Les Wielinga, who will ensure effective governance in the delivery of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, the Level Crossing Removal Project and the Mernda rail extension.

Mr Wielinga has more than 35 years’ experience in the design, delivery and strategic planning of major transport projects, most recently the $8 billion North West Rail Link and the Sydney Light Rail Project.

The appointment of Mr Wielinga and the establishment of the Major Transport Infrastructure Board will complement the robust delivery mechanisms already established through the creation of the Level Crossing Removal Authority and the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.

The Government will consult with Mr Wielinga on additional board appointments, with a focus on securing highly skilled members with expertise in different project delivery disciplines.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan

“With $15 billion of new transport infrastructure being planned and delivered by the Andrews Labor Government, it is critical that we secure the very best leaders in project delivery.”

“Mr Wielinga’s experience will be invaluable overseeing the governance and delivery of the Andrews Labor Government’s multi-billion dollar transport infrastructure program.”

“The Major Transport Infrastructure Board will work closely with the new project delivery Authorities to ensure the projects this state needs are delivered on time and on budget, in partnership with local communities.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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