A major step forward in the process of establishing Infrastructure Tasmania (ITas) has been announced, with the appointment of the inaugural CEO.
Previously the CEO of Local Government Association of Tasmania, Mr Allan Garcia has significant experience in government relations, policy development and implementation. He also brings to the role proven leadership capability and a detailed understanding of political processes.
Mr Garcia's appointment to this critical role will further enhance Tasmania's ability to attract investment and to ensure the fundamentals are in place to support increased economic growth.
ITas will be instrumental in ensuring strategic investment in infrastructure, efficient transport and an effective freight network, which will assist in creating jobs, boosting productivity and stimulating economic development.
As CEO, Mr Garcia's role will be to ensure the effective coordination, planning and assessment of all major infrastructure proposals in Tasmania, including rail, major roads, energy, ports and water and sewerage.
This will entail developing strong and influential relationships with key stakeholders including local infrastructure providers, Infrastructure Australia and the Australian Government.
He will lead strategic thinking and planning on infrastructure, to support the implementation of the Government's long-term future directions including the identification of current and future infrastructure needs.
We need to drive improved performance of our economy by ensuring that the right infrastructure is built, at the right time, in the right place and in the most efficient manner possible and ITas is fundamental in achieving this.
ITas will assess, prioritise, and review major economic infrastructure proposals, including the coordination of all infrastructure funding submissions to both the State and Federal Governments.
It will also provide advice on the implementation of Government policies, and undertake other tasks as requested by the Government.