Home' Future Building: The Australian Infrastructure Review : December 2010 Contents 50 futurebuilding DECEMBER 2010
With every opinion poll
pointing to the likelihood
of a Coalition win in the
New South Wales election
next March, Future Building
interviews Barry O'Farrell,
leader of the New South
Wales Opposition, about
his plans for infrastructure
should he be successful in
returning the Coalition to
power in New South Wales
after 16 years.
FB: What are your plans for infrastructure? How can
you improve the certainty about the projects that will
come forward in New South Wales?
BOF: We are determined to take the political interference and
manipulation out of infrastructure decision-making. This is why we
have committed to establishing Infrastructure NSW -- to improve
the identifcation, prioritisation and delivery of critical public
infrastructure across the state.
This new body will ensure that the roads, rail, hospitals, ports
and other upgrades New South Wales so desperately needs are
delivered according to need, on time and on budget.
A key component of our reforms will be accountability for
outcomes. As Premier, I will take ultimate responsibility for the
overall coordination and management of infrastructure. To do this,
I will chair a dedicated Cabinet Committee that will provide long-
term strategic oversight and monitoring of the delivery of major
Infrastructure NSW will also have additional oversight from
a Board with an Independent Chair appointed from outside
government, and it will have the capacity to directly manage project
delivery and implementation for designated major projects.
Infrastructure NSW and its Board will be tasked with developing
a 20-year strategy for the state’s infrastructure. This plan will spell
out how major projects worth over $100 million ft into a long-term
strategy to meet growth challenges.
Because we want consensus about the way ahead, this plan will
be subject to approval by the Premier, and also the Cabinet, and
will be formally tabled in the Parliament and subject to debate.
The 20-year strategy will be underpinned by a rolling fve-
year funded Infrastructure Plan that will be funded in the forward
estimates of the Budget.
We've heard business and the community and their need for
certainty, so these plans will be used to deliver a system of State
Infrastructure Strategy Statements (SISS) across key infrastructure
sectors, setting out clear analysis of long-term requirements and
a transparent road map for infrastructure projects to address
Infrastructure is the key
Barry O'Farrell, Leader of the New South Wales Opposition
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