The Queensland Government is looking for board members for the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, which will deliver the state’s key rail infrastructure project.

Queensland Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, said an expression of interest process would officially start on 14 January with the search for board members to be conducted nationwide.

“Cross River Rail is the most important city shaping project for Brisbane in a generation and we want the board that will deliver it to be made up of the most talented and experienced people,” Ms Trad said.

“In 25 years’ time more than five million people will call South East Queensland home and Cross River Rail is critical to managing growth and maintaining our unique lifestyle.

“By removing a bottleneck across the Brisbane River, Cross River Rail will free up the transport network right across South East Queensland – getting commuters home faster, helping to manage growth and creating thousands of jobs.”

Ms Trad said the project was expected to boost the economy by $70 billion and support more than 85,000 jobs.

“With this is mind, we are looking for experts not just in infrastructure delivery, but also those with experience in urban renewal projects and innovation.

“Through their role on the delivery authority they will have the opportunity to lead the development, procurement and delivery of Cross River Rail and drive urban renewal within the wider economic corridor.

“We will leave no stone unturned in order to get the right people on board to deliver Cross River Rail,” Ms Trad said.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will be formally established in March 2017 and will build on the months of ongoing preparatory work that has been undertaken by the Cross River Rail transition team within the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

The authority’s board will consist of 10 members, including up to six external expert directors, one of whom will represent the federal government.

Expressions of Interest for the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority board will be open until 3 February 2017 with board members to be announced soon after.

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