The Marshall Government has today appointed Mr Tony Shepherd as the inaugural Chair of Infrastructure SA.

“The establishment of Infrastructure SA was a key election commitment, and I’m delighted that we’ve secured the services of Mr Tony Shepherd in this important role for our state,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

“Infrastructure SA is an independent body that will combine the expertise of the private and public sectors to develop a 20-year state infrastructure strategy and 5-year infrastructure plans.

“Planning and building infrastructure according to the geography of marginal seats and the timelines of electoral cycles has ended – Infrastructure SA will ensure we have better planning to support long term economic growth, more jobs, and better, more affordable services.

“Tony Shepherd’s experience in the infrastructure sphere speaks for itself, with an extensive career in the public and private sectors, including as Chairman of the WestConnex Delivery Authority, overseeing one of Australia’s largest ever transport projects.

“We’re thrilled to have Tony take up the role of chair, as South Australia’s approach to infrastructure planning is overhauled to deliver better, more strategic outcomes and projects.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said that Infrastructure SA would help build a strong pipeline of productive infrastructure projects in South Australia.

“The Marshall Government has been working from day one to build a strong pipeline of infrastructure projects to grow our economy and support local jobs,” said Minister Knoll.

“Our first State Budget delivered a record level of infrastructure spend, with $11.3 billion of infrastructure works budgeted over the next four years alone.

“Infrastructure SA will help us build on this pipeline of works and ensure South Australia has a long term infrastructure plan for the coming decades.”